Posted by Gayle on July 14, 1998 at 13:13:52:
In Reply to: Re: American Heros posted by Bill R on July 14, 1998 at 11:46:31:
: He is? When did that happen? I would have thought that Jack Ryan was currently the most popular hero in American fiction these days.....
: Bill R
I had forgotten all about Jack Ryan, but he definitely is an excellent example of what I meant about the sequel thing. He was immediately popular enough to be carried on into the subsequent novels, and his character held up just as well in the movies. Now Hawkeye was enough in demand for Cooper to retain the character and add to his story through four additional novels, but no movie director has ever been able to do all five of the Leatherstocking Tales like all of Clancy's novels were done. Would Mann's Hawkeye justify a director's additional efforts as Jack Ryan did?
AND AN ADDITIONAL NOTE TO ELAINE - Jack Ryan was married, and it didn't stop him from adventuring all over the place and being a hero.
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