Nell Freudenberger, author, Lost and Wanted
Elizabeth Bishop’s lush and gorgeous sequel to the first English novel, the long narrative poem “Crusoe in England,” shows colonialism turning on the colonizers. It’s as devastating as it is funny: “I told myself / ‘Pity should begin at home.’ / So the more / pity I felt, the more I felt at home.”
Erin Lee Carr, author, All That You Leave Behind
Does Buffy the Vampire Slayer count? The television show morphed out of a lackluster film about a girl who fought the forces of darkness. Buffy tackled first times, girlhood, and the death of a parent. It spoke volumes to badass women who wanted to take care of business while kissing a hot vampire.
Taylor Jenkins Reid, author, Daisy Jones & the Six
The best sequel in history has to go to Beyoncé’s solo career. Who knew “Say My Name” and “Bootylicious” with Destiny’s Child were just a warm-up? From “Crazy in Love” and “Single Ladies” to Lemonade and Beychella, Beyoncé’s second act has been an unparalleled feat of cultural domination.
Cathy Schulman, producer, Five Feet Apart
My favorite sequel is Aliens. Not only does the original movie feature cinema’s breakthrough female hero, but she takes no prisoners in the sequel and leaves her former victimhood in the dust.
Ernest Davis, New York, N.Y.
Einstein’s special theory of relativity, which was revolutionary, was followed a decade later by his general theory of relativity, which was mind-boggling.
David Chill, Los Angeles, Calif.
Four days after throwing a no-hitter against the Boston Braves on June 11, 1938, the Cincinnati Reds’ Johnny Vander Meer followed that up in his next start with another no-hitter, against the Brooklyn Dodgers. It is the only time a pitcher has thrown two consecutive no-hitters in the history of Major League Baseball.