Lately trilogies are everywhere. I mean why make one movie when you can make three or even four? And books have gotten that way as well. Generally I don’t like trilogies in my books, unless all of them are already in print. I didn’t read the Twilight series until all the books were available. And I never started reading Harry Potter or the Hunger games until the series was complete.
Recently I read a book called “The Passage” and loved every page, except that it didn’t end. I later discover it is, in fact, part of a trilogy!!!! EEEK and the second one is not in print as yet! This book weighing in at almost 800 pages could have been a trilogy in itself.
I guess it is the modern way to write, but just for fun could you imagine “War and Peace” being three books, “War”, “Peace, and “Whatever?” Or, maybe “Atlas shrugged” not once but three times?
I’m thinking that some of this trilogy mania has to do with the dollar. I mean if you are selling a thick slice of cake for $4.00 and you cut it into thirds and sell each piece for $2.00 you are making more money and everybody thinks they are getting a deal.
As for me, I’m hoping that since the kindle and other e-readers are becoming so popular and are usually much more reasonably priced, that maybe it will bring about the resurgence of oh-so heavy thick as a brick tomes. All in one volume!