'Big Little Lies' should gift us more sequels

Limited series based on novel by Liane Moriarty

By Lisa Respers France, CNN
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On Monday, star Reese Witherspoon shared a photo on Instagram of her and Dern in character on set in front of the fictitious Seaside Coffee Shop in Monterey, California.

(CNN) - Television is a powerful medium.

The small screen is big enough to power a "Big Little Lies" sequel with an A-list cast, even though it was originally intended to be a one-season run.

The limited series is based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, but she didn't pen the sequel until there were pleas for more "Lies" after Season 1.

"I've never written a sequel for any of my books, so my first reaction was that there should not be a season two," Moriarty told Elle after the miniseries aired. "I always tend to think I've put my poor characters through enough! Having said that, season one was so fantastic and I do understand the desire not to let these characters go."

Quicker than you could say "Gimmie," "Big Little Lies 2" was happening. Moriarty developed the script for the show's second season, which debuts on Sunday.

It's not the first time that television success has blessed viewers with more of what they yearned for.

The dystopian best-selling novel "The Handmaid's Tale" is now a popular Hulu series in its third season.

The book's author, Margaret Atwood, announced last year that she'll write a sequel titled "The Testaments."

Since the scribes seem willing to grant our wishes, here are some suggestions for other sequels we'd like to see on screen.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


A stunning novel about a young black girl named Starr Carter who witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood at the hands of a a white police officer.

The film, starring Amandla Stenberg, was equally moving and critically acclaimed.

We wouldn't mind catching back up with Starr.


The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta


Perrotta's 2011 novel about life after a Rapture-like event on Earth got a television adaptation on HBO from 2014 to 2017 starring Justin Theroux.

More please, sir.


The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton


The 1983 film is a virtual cult classic, featuring C. Thomas Howell, Tom Cruise, Matt Dillion, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio and Diane Lane.

The coming-of-age-story about Ponyboy Curtis (played by Howell) told the tale of the rivalry between the poor Greasers and the rich Socs.

We need to know if Ponyboy stayed golden or not.


Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West


West is one of the foremost pop culture writers in the game. Her memoir inspired the Hulu series, "Shrill," which stars "Saturday Night Live's" Aidy Bryant.

The writer's witty and sharp commentary on everything from feminism to body image is brilliant.

She does have a new book out in November, billed as a "cultural critique that answers the fundamental question of this hellish political moment-how did we get here?-by dissecting the films, television series, internet phenomena, and lifestyle gurus that have taught us who we are."

But we'd love more personal essays like her memoir, along with more shows like "Shrill."

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