3. Trilogies: Are They Necessary?
We have all been obsessed with a series or a saga at some point in our lives. I fell in love with The Hunger Games like I mentioned in the last article. It had me hooked. However, sometimes a good story doesn't need to be dragged out into three books. The Fault In Our Stars is a brilliant book in my opinion, and it doesn't need "The Fault In Our Stars: Catching Cancer". The Mysterium trilogy (which I really do not like, even if I do personally know the author) is split into a trilogy because they are three different adventures for the character(s). Although I do love HG, Katniss' adventure could have done a Lord Of The Rings and just put her whole experience into one huge book. Or if not that, just leave it where it ended in the first book. Ambiguous, open to interpretation. Leaving the reader to ponder whether Katniss will have to live the rest of her life with a man she needs to love solely for the camera. One of my favourite books EVER, A Clockwork Orange, in the edited version, ends on the note "I was cured, alright!". In the original that Anthony Burgess intended to be the ending, Alex (The protagonist, or rather, antagonist!) is allowed to roam the streets again. He attempts to get back to his usual evil deeds but finds that he has matured and that old relish for wrong-doing has vanished, so it ends on a different note. Maybe he should settle down with a family and just let his children become even worse than him? That is freaking brilliant. I loved both endings, the one that they used in the movie AND the end of Chapter 21. It didn't need a trilogy to make it brilliant. Sure, Anthony could have made another two books featuring Alex were he settles down in Book 2 and has children in Book 3, but that would just be dull and ruin the ambiguity to both endings. So are trilogies necessary? Well, maybe not all the time. But sometimes, if the story is engaging enough, you want to know more! So, if you don't feel like an ambiguous ending really suits your story, then go ahead and make a sequel! And if the same goes for that, keep going until you feel your story is complete! Not all stories need ambiguous endings, though. You can still end them on a traditional happy note. This may be 2014, but a simple ending isn't totally bad!
To conclude, trilogies aren't ALWAYS necessary, but there's no harm in writing them if that what seems right!
By Florence Morgan