Saturday, 12 April 2014

Divided: The Final Film

So apparently, it has been announced that Allegiant (Divergent #3) is going to be split into two films. This is nothing new. 

In the past few years, quite a few series of films have wrapped up and released their final films. The reoccurring pattern in these films is that when being adapted from a book, that book is split into two films. So for example in this case we'll have Allegiant Part 1 and Allegiant Part 2.

This has now happened with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Breaking Dawn, and The Hunger Games along with Allegiant and it's kind of getting boring.
With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it worked incredibly well, essentially because of the fact that the seventh book was rather heavy and as well as being action packed was filled with details and by splitting the final film into Part 1 and 2, those things were spread out and easier to take in. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows could never have been just one film. It just wouldn't have worked.

I'm not going to lie, I've never read Twilight and have no intention of doing so. But there is a rivalry between Harry Potter and Twilight and Breaking Dawn Part 1 was released not long after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 which (although it might not have been) looks like copying.

By splitting a book to make more films, it is a tactic to gain money, a tactic to gain attention, and a way of gaining publicity. It shouldn't be about any of those things. When deciding whether such a thing as this should happen, it should be about how that will look to an audience. 

I've not read Allegiant yet, as I'm only halfway through Insurgent now, but I've heard many bloggers disagree with the split or wonder if it'll work.

Honestly, I couldn't agree more with the points made by Amber (The Mile Long Bookshelf) and Samantha Shannon (Author of The Bone Season). Personally, I don't think it will work.

Holly x

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