There has been an interesting discussion on one of my writer blogs about whether or not authors should fiddle around with their own books.
This wasn't even an issue a few years ago. When you turned in that final version to the publisher, they printed it and that was that. But now, many authors are re-releasing older books in e-book form. The writers have rights back, so they can technically change anything they want.
But should they?
Is this akin to George Lucas adding characters to the original Star Wars movies? Should creative people leave work alone already. Or would more subtle changes work better?
It's hard to say. It seems to be a very personal decision on the part of the creator of the work. Then again, when movie watchers or readers are involved, when does it stop becoming the artist's work and start becoming "property" of the fans who enjoy it?
I faced a similar issue back in November when I decided to re-release the first book in the Accidental Demon Slayer series. There are things I know now (after writing four books in the series) that I didn't know while creating The Accidental Demon Slayer. There are also a few things I would have done differently. So I did them.
Some readers have noticed and written (all positive so far), others reading for the first time would have no idea. I simply added world building details, bits of history, little slices of life that weren't present in the first version. Then there were a few words here and there that had been changed by editors that I changed back. Ha. My version. My rules.
It was a lot of fun, and 99% of the book stayed the same. The story is the same. All the characters are there, only better - or at least that's what I think.
So what does everyone else think about re-edits and re-releases of movies? Love 'em? Hate 'em? Or does it just depend?