Opinion-VictoriaEveryone loves movies, especially movies from a book series.

People wait months and even years for their favorite book to be turned into a movie.

However, these days it feels like making movies is more about the money than the entertainment. The movie industry is milking these series for all they are worth.

The Harry Potter series started the stretching of the movies without even meaning to when the last Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was turned into two movies. This made sense though because the book is much larger than some of the others in the series, and everything in the book is vital to the story.

Then the Twilight series decided to follow suit, splitting the last book in the series, Breaking Dawn, into two movies as well. Many would say this is important to the story, and it needed to be split up in order to make sure everything in the book was included.

But I think this was just another way to copy Harry Potter and make big money by making an additional movie. Teenage girls went crazy over an additional movie, meaning more Edward, more Jacob, and more money for movie makers.

In a way, splitting the final book into two movie unnecessarily is very ingenious way to make money.

Now, another The Lord of the Rings book has caught onto the theme as well in the new movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. However, this one is a little different.

Many people did not even know there were two parts to this movie when they went to watch the first part, and were stunned when the movie just ended, making way for the second movie of The Hobbit.

Splitting up The Hobbit has to be a way to make more money. The books after The Hobbit in The Lord of the Rings series were twice as long as The Hobbit and condensed into three and a half hour movies each. The Hobbit is three and a half hours itself, and that is just the first movie.

Books that are too large to condense into one movie should be made into two movies to explain everything  that is important to the plot. But smaller books that are split into two movies just to make more money is ridiculous.

Die hard fans of these series love the split, but to everyone else who just wants to watch a good movie, it is just annoying. Who knows if this theme will continue? Will series like The Hunger Games last book be unnecessarily split into two movies as well?

vaslaten@txwes.edu

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2 Comments

  1. Chris
    March 27, 2013 at 10:23 pm — Reply

    As a Harry Potter fan, I also agree that the Deathly Hallows split was necessary and turned out to be very well-done.

    I didn’t read the final Twilight book, nor see the final film, but from what I hear the plot was not thick enough to warrant a two-part finale…same with Hunger Games…

  2. Lee
    April 1, 2013 at 9:37 pm — Reply

    You hit it on the dot when you said the fans will love the idea of three Hobbit films instead of two. Peter Jackson said the main reason he stretched the story into three films is because he wanted to give the fans as much content as he possibly could. Sure, money is always a factor, but I doubt it is the primary reason for making this saga into three films(though I’m sure the studio executives had no problem with the idea of three films). As a Tolkien fan who’s read all of his major works, I love the idea of three films. As a fan of film, however, I still don’t know how sure I am about this decision. Is it truely nessecary to butcher The Hobbit’s linear story and turn it into something much more complex? I honestly don’t know. At any rate, I agree with what you said at the end; people who are not into Tolkien and do not worship these kinds of films(but still enjoy them) will be disappointed. If this “stretching” trend keeps up in future films, it wouldn’t suprise me at the least. The whole “trilogy” trend started up years ago, and this is just another version of it.

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