Sequel vs. Prequel

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Main Difference

The main difference between Sequel and Prequel is that the Sequel is a narrative that continues the story of previous work and Prequel is a literary, dramatic, or filmic work whose story precedes that of a previous work.

  • Sequel

    A sequel is a literature, film, theatre, television, music or video game that continues the story of, or expands upon, some earlier work. In the common context of a narrative work of fiction, a sequel portrays events set in the same fictional universe as an earlier work, usually chronologically following the events of that work.In many cases, the sequel continues elements of the original story, often with the same characters and settings. A sequel can lead to a series, in which key elements appear repeatedly. Although the difference between more than one sequel and a series is somewhat arbitrary, it is clear that some media franchises have enough sequels to become a series, whether originally planned as such or not.Sequels are attractive to creators and to publishers because there is less risk involved in returning to a story with known popularity rather than developing new and untested characters and settings. Audiences are sometimes eager for more stories about popular characters or settings, making the production of sequels financially appealing.In movies, sequels are common. There are many name formats for sequels. Sometimes, they either have unrelated titles or have a letter added on the end. More commonly, they have numbers at the end or have an added word on the end. It is also common for a sequel to have a variation of the original title or have a subtitle. In the 1930s, many musical sequels had the year included in the title. Sometimes sequels are released with different titles in different countries, because of the perceived brand recognition. There are several ways that subsequent works can be related to the chronology of the original. Various neologisms have been coined to describe them.

  • Prequel

    A prequel is a literary, dramatic, or cinematic work whose story precedes that of a previous work, by focusing on events that occur before the original narrative. A prequel is a work that forms part of a backstory to the preceding work.

    All “prequels” are, by definition, essentially sequels in that they “expand on a previous or preceding work.” The term is a 20th-century neologism that is a portmanteau of the prefix “pre-” (from Latin prae, “before”) and “sequel”.Like other sequels, prequels may or may not concern the same plot as the work from which they are derived. Often, they explain the background which led to the events in the original, but sometimes the connections are not as explicit. Sometimes, prequels play on the audience’s knowledge of what will happen next, using deliberate references to create dramatic irony.

  • Sequel (noun)

    The events, collectively, which follow a previously mentioned event; the aftermath.

  • Sequel (noun)

    A narrative that is written after another narrative set in the same universe, especially a narrative that is chronologically set after its predecessors, or (perhaps improper usage) any narrative that has a preceding narrative of its own.

  • Prequel (noun)

    In a series of works, an installment that is set chronologically before its predecessor, especially the original narrative or (perhaps improper usage) any narrative work with at least one sequel.

  • Sequel (noun)

    a published, broadcast, or recorded work that continues the story or develops the theme of an earlier one

    “The Prisoner of Zenda and its sequel”

    “the sequel toHome Alone”

  • Sequel (noun)

    something that takes place after or as a result of an earlier event

    “this encouragement to grow potatoes had a disastrous sequel some fifty years later”

  • Prequel (noun)

    a story or film containing events which precede those of an existing work

    “the film is a prequel to the cult TV series”

Oxford Dictionary

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