The Guilty Pleasure of Trilogies

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It’s been happening for awhile.  Trilogies are sweeping the nation.  Whether it started with The Lord of the Rings or condensed comic book heroes made into movies:  i.e. Batman, Spiderman, trilogies are taking over.  Many of you have blogged about the summer hit film, The Avengers, and you know what I heard, they’re planning on making another one!  Which is great, except that before they do, they have to make the third Iron Man, the second Captain America and the second Thor.  Really?  That’s a lot of action heroes!  And yet, I know I’ll go to see them!

What is it about trilogies?  Why are they so addicting?  Sure there’s the need to know how the story ends, but that can’t be the only reason, can it?!  Whatever the must see/must read component is, here are a few of my favorites.

Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Trilogies of All Time:

1.  Indiana Jones

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Let’s face it, the man has one of the coolest theme songs out there! I wish my life was cool enough to warrant its use. I also wish I got to travel as much, save so many lives, and use a whip to swing from crumbly decaying buildings once in awhile, but that point is moot. Indiana Jones is the smart woman’s action hero. He’s intelligent, physically pleasing with his strong muscly arms and crooked smile, and I bet he even smells good. What made his trilogy so successful? I think it’s the legends: We’ve got lost arks, jungles and temples of doom, and the search for the holy grail.  Indiana’s quests are the quests of everyman: knowledge, adventure, and in most cases, women.

  1. Star Wars

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Even though they’ve created more Star Wars films, they’re still marketing them as a trilogy. But the best will always remain the original. It was cutting edge technology of its time and contained all the necessary components of a guilty pleasure film: coming of age tale, evil daddy issues, romantic interludes, wise mentor, space wars, light sabers, and wookies.

  1. The Lord of the Rings

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When this book series became a film trilogy, this story launched for the first time in awhile crowds of people waiting to get into the theater again. The films were so successful they released box set collections of extended cut films and people in my high school started wearing one rings around their necks!  That’s a hard core trilogy.

  1. The Twilight Series

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Say what you will about the Twilight Series, you can’t deny it’s successful storm sweep of book sales and movie sales. To my knowledge this is where the “Team So and So” became part of pop culture. Girls and guys were wearing t-shirts with Team Edward or Team Jacob, but you never see t-shirts saying Team Han Solo or Team Luke Skywalker, and why is that?! On a purely unrelated note, my favorite t-shirt of all time might be the college TV show Felicity tee that simply says “I choose Noel.” Which, some could argue was the starting point of all this “Team _____” business.  Just sayin’.

  1. The Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy

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If we’re recognizing Twilight, then you need it’s equally successful fan fiction spin off turned bestselling BDSM love story! Now that’s am impressive feat! Moms around the world, (including Marcia Richards’ mom – can you believe that?) are picking up Fifty Shades and falling in love with control freak Christian Grey and naïve little Ana Steele. Have you checked out this new risque series? Stay tuned for a co-review on the whole she-bang (pun intended) by Marcia Richards and I later this month.

  1. Anne of Green Gables

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Ok, things were getting steamy in here, and some of you I already know left me to go read Fifty Shades again, but we’re cooling things down a notch with the Anne of Green Gables trilogy, film versions consisting of Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, and Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story. If you’re going to make the third movie years after the other two, then this is how you do it, with the same actors, same character antics, and a happily ever after. Jonathan Crombie, I will always love you! And Anne, don’t ever stop writing!

  1. The Hunger Games

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Expect greatness from the newly released first movie, but the books are certainly taking over. Heck, they’ve become required reading in some schools! Can you believe that? Move over Lord of the Flies and Animal Farm, Teacher’s got a new toy! What’s your prediction on the number of Katniss Everdeen’s who trick or treat at your house this year?

  1. X-Men

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While the X-Men films aren’t particularly my favorite, I was a routine watcher of the cartoon after school and therefore had to partake. Whatever lacked in the second film, was made up in the third, X-Men: Last Stand. And the special effects did let us get to glimpse all our favorite mutants! Except one, where was Gambit? Was I alone in missing my mischievous french/cajun with the gambling problem?

  1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy

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I haven’t gotten to this trilogy yet myself, but it’s one more of the recent releases to have been adapted into film, and even Oscar nominated. It’s a regular title appearing on mens and women’s bookshelves and if you’ve read it, I’d love to hear your opinion!

  1. Jurassic Park

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Saving the best for last, a total guilty pleasure favorite of mine, I wholeheartedly and unabashedly LOVE the entire Jurassic Park trilogy! Something about dinosaurs makes me feel like a kid again, even when I’m watching them chase down and devour other people. *insert childlike chuckle*   This trilogy was amazing for its special effects, bringing dinosaurs to life again and if Spielberg ever does make the fabled fourth film, I’m totally going to see it. P.S. My useless knowledge for Jurassic Park trilogy information won me a free shot at a game of trivia in South Korea! How random, you say? More like, how awesome!

 Those are my top 10 guilty pleasure trilogies of all time. What’s on your list? Did I miss any crucial 3 parters? What’s your favorite one? And of that trilogy, do you have a favorite film/book in the series? AND, what trilogy character would you dress up as for Halloween if you weren’t responsible for making the costume yourself?

15 responses

  1. Yes, my 88 yr-old mother loves FSOG! I have to say that right now, Fifty Shades is my favorite trilogy, though I’m afraid the movie will not do it justice unless it’s also a trilogy. I’ve seen/read so many of these…my all-time favorite of the ones other than 50 Shades would have to be Indiana Jones. You forgot another of my favorites, Back to the Future. I could watch both of those titles over and over…and I have. 🙂 Our co-review of Fifty Shades of Grey will be some hot fun!

    1. I’m worried about the casting of the film, and I don’t know why. I’m not sure I would’ve even cared except that so many other bloggers are posting their predictions so it feels personal now. LOL. I’m rooting for Alex Pettyfer. How about you? My only real request is they stay true to the ages.

  2. Coleen Patrick | Reply

    Jurassic Park was one of my faves along with Indiana Jones (swoon). Enjoy DFW!

    1. Jurassic Park is amazing! Why would anyone think otherwise? And you know what, I sat through the entire “Attack Pack” of Tremors with my boyfriend not too long ago, I think it’s time for a little prehistoric party of my own!

  3. Fell in love at 10 years old with Han Solo. Great choices, will have to check out the ones I’m not familiar with.

    1. I’m tellin you, Harrison Ford IS the smart woman’s action hero. He’s so dreamy!

  4. Fun post, Jess! I loved Anne of Green Gables as a kid. Did you ever watch the public TV mini-series? My favorites series’ are a little, um, darker—Dragon Tattoo and Hannibal/Silence of the Lambs.

    1. Oooh yes, Hannibal, Silence of the Lambs, and Red Dragon. Good ones! I’m so glad you were an Anne Shirley geek like me!

  5. Police Academy!! So good they made back-to-back trilogies…plus one more for good measure.

    1. Ok, don’t stop reading my blog or anything, but I haven’t ever seen Police Academy, WHICH I KNOW is totally unacceptable because I worked in a video store for 5 years. I promise before the year is over I will remedy this situation, Mark. *pinky swear!*

      1. That explains your Twitter comment, lol. You must invest 90 minutes in Steve Guttenberg and company. At least the first movie! Also, the one with Bobcat Goldthwait…

  6. Raiders of the Lost Ark is on my Top 10 Movies Ever list, but I didn’t like the others as well. I might put the Spiderman series on this list (although #3 wasn’t that good). As to books, I loved C.S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy and Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which started as a trilogy but… Great post, Jess!

    1. Wait a minute…did you just uncover a movie trilogy I’ve missed? There’s a third spider-man? I must look into this, how could I have missed it? Wait, do you mean the new one with the new actor who’s not Tobey Maguire? It’s losing credibility for me. LOL

  7. Reetta Raitanen | Reply

    Great selection of trilogies. The only one I haven’t read/seen is the 50 Shades. I really enjoyed Montgomery’s Anne books but my favourite was her Emily of the New Moon series which is also a trilogy.

    1. You’re the second person who’s told me about her. You know what though, I actually haven’t read the Anne series. *hides in shame* I adore the films, but this year I copies of all the Anne books so I hope to start them, but if I can’t get to them this year I’ll make sure it ends up in the TBR Pile Challenge.

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