can a sequel have a different feel
Firstly, to state; I did want my trilogy to have a journey of, not just one person, but several. Quite personal, but action-y, easy to read.
The first book has a YA feel to it for about 75% and then there is a pretty extreme set of events which affects the main protagonist primarily, but the secondary protagonists are all caught up, either in the events, or the fall out after. But, an easy read, description flitters along, the story is quick, without massive depth until the life changing event. (there is some depth, though.)
the second book happens ten years on, and in this case there's loads more description, depth of emotion. But, they are ten years older, the life changing event is still dominating, and I think it's right it has a different feel. The story of my life now would be different than when I was a twenty year old and had no clue what it might throw at me....
Do you, when you read a sequel, expect it to be the same in terms of things like character depth, or is it okay for them to have a different feel?
(I thought, at one stage, it was that my writing had deepened, which it has, but most of the first book has been rewritten to reflect that, so I don't think it is that which is giving the different feel, it's that the books are different in terms of where the characters are/ what's happened.)
Would you accept that as a reader?