Of course, the title presumes that everyone likes the middle of a series or a trilogy as much as I do. But don’t you? No? What got me thinking about this was that I finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire earlier this week.
I haven’t read the last three of the series yet, but already I know this will be my favorite of the series. Why? Like other series or trilogies, of which I can think off the top of my head, it is the turning point of the series, where usually the series turns darker than it had been previously. Or where the trilogy kicks itself into overdrive.
Let me think about a few examples, in addition to the Harry Potter series: The Empire Strikes Back (the original Star Wars trilogy, not the fake six-pack that Lucas packaged it in it later), The Two Towers, and, even for me, The Girl Who Played With Fire. While that latter definitely didn’t turn darker, since admittedly it already was dark (um, yeah, just a bit), for me, that book went at a breakneck pace compared to the other two. I almost literally couldn’t put it down. I think I read it straight through in one day.
In both the book and movie form, The Two Towers is my favorite, especially the Battle at Helm’s Deep. For me, that’s where the whole story turns. You knew the battle between good and evil was coming, but when it arrives — oh, boy. Not only are your oars knocked out of the water, the entire rowboat is thrown clear of the lake. There is no shore to row your boat a-to…well, at least, not one you can see right away.
Which leaves The Empire Strikes Back. Just watch up until 2:05:
As Lando sets off into what looks like another galaxy (true Star Wars geeks, please feel free to correct me on what it really is, and prove yourselves the geeks you are), and Luke and Laura — oops, I mean, Leia — along with R2D2 and CP30 watch the Millenium Falcon go, there still is hope. As Luke says to Chewbecca, “May the Force be with you,” and you know The Force cannot be beaten, no matter how grim it appears.
So which part of a series or a trilogy is your favorite? The beginning, the middle or end? Or does it (gasp, I hate to think it) depend on the series?
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