Q. I really loved To Kill a Mockingbird, and Atticus Finch was my hero. Do I have to change all that in view of the publication of Go Set a Watchman?
A. Only if you want to.
If you don’t want to, there are several good reasons why you shouldn’t have to.
Reason One: Go Set a Watchman is not a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird just because it takes place in a later decade. It was written before To Kill a Mockingbird, but wasn’t published until just now. If either version of Atticus Finch is to be regarded as the “real” one, the title should go to To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus (“Atticus Prime”, as the Star Trek fans would put it) rather than Go Set a Watchman Atticus (or “Reboot!Atticus”, to continue the Trek analogy), by right of prior publication.
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