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{{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Example farm |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Message box|ambox}} }} A sequel (also known as a follow-up) is a narrative, documental, or other work of 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.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

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 in a number of stories. 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.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

In movies, sequels are common. There are many name formats for sequels. Sometimes, they either have unrelated titles, such as The Jewel of the Nile, the sequel to Romancing the Stone or have a letter added on the end, such as Aliens, sequel to Alien. More commonly, they have numbers at the end, such as in Alien 3 sequel to both Alien and Aliens or have an added word on the end (e.g. Alien Resurrection, sequel to Alien, Aliens and Alien 3). It is also common for a sequel to have a variation of the original title (such as Men of Boys Town, sequel to Boys Town) or have a subtitle, (Home Alone 2: Lost in New York). In the 1930s, many musical sequels had the year included in the title (Gold Diggers of 1933), in the style of Broadway revues such as the Ziegfeld Follies. Sometimes sequels are released with different titles in different countries, because of the perceived brand recognition. One such example is Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (known as "Mad Max 2" in Australia, and as "The Road Warrior" elsewhere) and also Live Free or Die Hard (called "Die Hard 4.0" in some regions).

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