Are we done with two-part YA movies yet?

November 14, 2014
Earlier this week the first poster to the Divergent sequel was released as well as the teaser trailer. The second movie is a continuation of author Veronica Roth's bestselling series about a young girl who overthrows Harry Potter sorted city through Hunger Games means of violence.

My opinion of the book series so far has not been very favorable. Despite it's massive glitches I liked the first movie, though mainly for Shailene Woodley and Theo James. I was hoping the next installment wouldn't turn out exactly as it did because Hello, Special Effects. This one won't be released until next year, which allows some more time for better trailers - hopefully.

As new information about Insurgent was released, I couldn't help but think about my underwhelming disappointment for The Hunger Games series, and the "big anticipated blockbuster of the fall" Mockingjay Part 1. Having read the whole series in like a week last year, and been tracking the series since the first movie was released in 2010, I thought my inner fangirl would be more excited. However, every time the trailer plays on television I can't help but feel like a) Katniss Everdeen is a excruciatingly very boring heroine (and I think Jennifer Lawrence is pretty mediocre anyways) B) Catching Fire did not spark any intrigue for the third movie C) Why do we need so many two-parters to YA series?

Harry Potter began the trend back in 2010 when J.K. Rowling's last book Deathly Hallows was released into two movies. Back then I could understand the decision because the finale of Harry versus Voldemort is nearly 800 pages long - but then other studios began following suit - Twilight, The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner ( it probably will).

It's tough to say that we'll ever have another big screen phenomenon like Harry Potter because who honestly expected a series like that to come along the way it did. It's even harder to find a series compelling enough to even want to see adapted to the big screen (Hello the box-office flops that were Ender's Game and The Giver), let alone see the finale split into two movies and not feel like the studios are taking advantage of their audiences with huge cash grabs.

Perhaps I'm just in a weird funk with YA books and their adaptations right now. At least once a year I find some dystopian/science-fiction/fantasy series to look forward to, and this year was really boring/empty. The studios threw all their time at YA novels hoping to have the next big hit, and every adaptation just seems to morph together into one dystopian-love-triangle blob. Maybe in time another big series will come along that will actually be interesting but for now - it's all a little ho-hum.

Do you like YA movies being split into two-final installments?
Have we reached our maximum capacity for YA adaptations?

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