15 November 2015

Not A Two-Part Post: Some Feelings About Films

Book-to-film adaptations, in my opinion, are some of the best.

In anticipation of the upcoming release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (I've linked to the super-exciting teaser trailer below, on the off-chance that you haven't watched it yet), I'll present a discussion about a trend that's becoming more popular in modern YA book-to-film productions.


Via user "The Hunger Games" on YouTube.

I've seen it in a few popular franchises. In the list of cases in point below, the book that is split into two separate films is enclosed in parentheses:

  • The Hunger Games trilogy (Mockingjay)
  • the Harry Potter series (Deathly Hallows)
  • the Twilight series (Breaking Dawn)
  • the Divergent trilogy (Allegiant)

There's an obvious trend, then: When modern, really popular YA book series that are adapted into films, the final book in the series is (increasingly frequently) split into two separate films, making two halves of a whole book to conclude the film story.

But why? There's some reasoning behind it, right?

Well, the first of these examples to participate in this trend was Harry Potter in 2010 (Part 1) and 2011 (Part 2). Harry Potter was an immensely popular series with a worldwide fan following. I'd like to propose that, based on this, the other examples that later participated in this trend were trying to have the same effect.

In my opinion, the other examples (which, I'll remind you, were released after the two-part Harry Potter finale) were, in part, trying to mimic some of Harry Potter's success by dividing their own plots into more films.

I think that another reason why books are being adapted into multiple films is because it attracts more attention. Potential audiences watch trailers for not just one movie, but two. They are more exposed to the franchise because one extra movie is being released. This could be an attempt to amplify audiences' interest in the film adaptations and the book series from which they were adapted.

Even so, the split book and extra film have some impact on the plot. Film adaptations change details about books all the time, usually to avoid wasting time or to make the plot more thrilling for audiences. Still, two films mean that the details of a single story are being drawn out, allowing for more information to be presented and plot events to be rearranged.

But there will still be people who are more than willing to tell you, "The book was better."

I'm not saying they're wrong. I'm one of those people, sometimes, and maybe you are too. I think it depends on the specific story -- in my experience, some books are much more in-depth and artistic, yet some film adaptations of other series can be unbelievably captivating. Agree or disagree?

Anyway, because it's awesome (and because I adore Shailene Woodley's cute, sophisticated mid-length hairstyle), here's a recent trailer for Allegiant:




What do you think about this trend? Are you looking forward to watching Mockingjay - Part 2? How about Allegiant? Leave a comment!

4 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to Allegiant, however I'm not sure how it will live up to the book. Based on the trailer, it seemed like A LOT was changed.

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    1. I see what you mean, and I hope that the fourth movie will stay consistent with any changes that are made to Allegiant. I think Allegiant and Ascendant will be good movies, but maybe not quite similar to the book?

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  2. I loved MockingJay Part 2, but it is definetly not my favorite, Catching Fire is. I think splitting a book into two movies is really good for the readers of the series because we always complain about how movies leave out important details, but with two movies they can include much more. Could you even imagine how they would fit Deathly Hallows into one movie??

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    1. Yeah, good point! I think it can be a pretty suitable decision in some cases, when filmmakers are adapting books into movies. I haven't seen Mockingjay Part 2 yet, but I really liked Catching Fire too... I feel like it helped to accelerate the plot and it helped the conflict pick up speed.

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