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1st Feb '16 6:24:23 PM nombretomado
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* Mostly averted by TadWilliams; his novels are about as {{Doorstopper}} as they come, but his series last exactly the number of books that he intends them to last. However, ''To Green Angel Tower'' (of the ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' trilogy) was split into two books for the paperback edition and at least one translation. This inadvertently happened with another trilogy of his, in that the book became so huge that it had to be split in half. It's not so much "trilogy creep" as "trilogy overflow."
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* Mostly averted by TadWilliams; Creator/TadWilliams; his novels are about as {{Doorstopper}} as they come, but his series last exactly the number of books that he intends them to last. However, ''To Green Angel Tower'' (of the ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' trilogy) was split into two books for the paperback edition and at least one translation. This inadvertently happened with another trilogy of his, in that the book became so huge that it had to be split in half. It's not so much "trilogy creep" as "trilogy overflow."
31st Jan '16 1:54:31 AM Heavyman99
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31st Jan '16 1:54:30 AM Heavyman99
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* Creator/HideoKojima did not intend to direct any of the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' sequels beyond ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. When he was brought back to direct ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'', he ended the story with an inconclusive ending and then followed it up with ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 3|SnakeEater}}'', a prequel that was marketed as "the final game in the Metal Gear Solid trilogy." However, due to much demand after the open-ended nature of ''Sons of Liberty'', Kojima was brought back again for ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'' to tie up all the loose ends and conclude Solid Snake's storyline. Despite this, the Metal Gear series continues on with a series of prequels starring Big Boss (such as ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'') and ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' (a spin-off starring Raiden). Then Kojima started directing ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain]]'', which he is claiming to be the final ''Metal Gear'' game he is directly working on. Kojima has went on record saying that every time he announces a game as the franchise's last, he receives a bunch of death threats from rabid fans, and it's these threats that makes him rethink ending the franchise.
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* Creator/HideoKojima did not intend to direct any of the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' sequels beyond ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. When he was brought back to direct ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'', he ended the story with an inconclusive ending and then followed it up with ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 3|SnakeEater}}'', a prequel that was marketed as "the final game in the Metal Gear Solid trilogy." However, due to much demand after the open-ended nature of ''Sons of Liberty'', Kojima was brought back again for ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'' to tie up all the loose ends and conclude Solid Snake's storyline. Despite this, the Metal Gear series continues on with a series of prequels starring Big Boss (such as ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'') and ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' (a spin-off starring Raiden). Then Kojima started directing ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain]]'', which he is claiming to be the final ''Metal Gear'' game he is directly working on. Kojima has went on record saying that every time he announces a game as the franchise's last, he receives a bunch of death threats from rabid fans, and it's these threats that makes him rethink ending the franchise. The PR collapse of Creator/Konami appears to have given Kojima the go-ahead from fans to pursue non-Metal Gear ideas.
30th Jan '16 3:45:42 PM MyFinalEdits
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* The ''Literature/MaximumRide'' series was originally planned to end after ''Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports''. Many fans think that this should've happened, as it resolved everything except the Fang/Max subplot ([[spoiler:In that version of the plot, Jeb really was the voice]]), and there was a significant drop in quality after that book. ** ''Angel'' was supposed to be the next finale to the series, then the next book ''Nevermore'' was, and now we have ''Maximum Ride Forever''. Let's hope that title isn't a literal forecast of the series.
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* The ''Literature/MaximumRide'' series was originally planned to end after ''Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports''. Many fans think that this should've happened, as it resolved everything except the Fang/Max subplot ([[spoiler:In that version of the plot, Jeb really was the voice]]), and there was a significant drop in quality after that book. ** book. ''Angel'' was supposed to be the next finale to the series, then the next book ''Nevermore'' was, and now we have then ''Maximum Ride Forever''. Let's hope that title isn't a literal forecast of the series.Forever'' was released.
30th Jan '16 2:41:59 PM potatokingmike
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** ''Angel'' was supposed to be the next finale to the series, then the next book ''Nevermore'' was, and now we have ''Maximum Ride Forever''. Let's hope that title isn't a literal forecast of the series.
17th Dec '15 11:54:07 AM erforce
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* ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' is the definitive ending for the story of Ellen Ripley, who died by simultaneously falling into molten lead and giving birth to a Xenomorph queen. However, ''Film/AlienResurrection'' brought the character back as a clone who finally made it to Earth. Up until the release of the ''Alien Legacy'' box set in 2000, the first three movies were still packaged in one case as the "Alien Trilogy", with the fourth film packed in separately. It's also been released as a "Quadrilogy"[[note]]the correct word for a sequence of four is "tetralogy"[[/note]] and an "Anthology" (to say nothing of the spinoff ''Film/AlienVsPredator'' films or the 2012 pseudo-prequel ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'').
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* ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' is the definitive ending for the story of Ellen Ripley, who died by simultaneously falling into molten lead and giving birth to a Xenomorph queen. However, ''Film/AlienResurrection'' brought the character back as a clone who finally made it to Earth. Up until the release of the ''Alien Legacy'' box set in 2000, the first three movies were still packaged in one case as the "Alien Trilogy", with the fourth film packed in separately. It's also been released as a "Quadrilogy"[[note]]the correct word for a sequence of four is "tetralogy"[[/note]] and an "Anthology" (to say nothing of the spinoff ''Film/AlienVsPredator'' ''Franchise/AlienVsPredator'' films or the 2012 pseudo-prequel ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'').

* ''Film/{{Rambo}}'' (2008), which is more informally known as ''[[FanNickname Rambo 4]]'', arrived in theaters a full two decades after the final installment in the original ''First Blood'' trilogy that introduced the character to movie audiences. The fourth film isn't really that gratuitous, however, since it allows John Rambo some closure by having him, at the film's very end, [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming finally return to his father's ranch in Arizona]], which he has been away from for close to 40 years]]. * ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Trilogy]]'' with its fourth installment, ''The Bourne Legacy'', where Jason Bourne is only named. And then there's confirmation of a fifth with Matt Damon attached.
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* ''Film/{{Rambo}}'' ''Film/{{Rambo|IV}}'' (2008), which is more informally known as ''[[FanNickname Rambo 4]]'', arrived in theaters a full two decades after the final installment in the original ''First Blood'' trilogy that introduced the character to movie audiences. The fourth film isn't really that gratuitous, however, since it allows John Rambo some closure by having him, at the film's very end, [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming finally return to his father's ranch in Arizona]], which he has been away from for close to 40 years]]. * ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Trilogy]]'' with its fourth installment, ''The Bourne Legacy'', ''Film/TheBourneLegacy'', where Jason Bourne is only named. And then there's confirmation of a fifth with Matt Damon attached.
5th Dec '15 11:18:08 PM Reddon
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** ''Literature/EndersGame'' began as a novella. When he tried to expand it into the novel ''Literature/SpeakerForTheDead'', he realized it would have a very slow, boring beginning--but if he stretched that beginning out even further, and turned it into a novel of its own, he'd be able to add details and character development and make it more interesting. Then his publisher accidentally wrote out a contract for "the Ender trilogy," and he had to [[DolledUpInstallment rewrite a planned standalone]] called ''Philotes'' into the third book. Then he realized just how long ''Philotes'' was, and split it into two books, ''Literature/{{Xenocide}}'' and ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheMind''. [[spoiler:Killing off the main character]] nearly ended the series, but then he realized the thousand-year TimeSkip between books 1 and 2 allowed for plenty of {{Interquel}}s. Now the series is up to double digits.
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** ''Literature/EndersGame'' began as a novella.novelette. When he tried to expand it into the novel ''Literature/SpeakerForTheDead'', he realized it would have a very slow, boring beginning--but if he stretched that beginning out even further, and turned it into a novel of its own, he'd be able to add details and character development and make it more interesting. Then his publisher accidentally wrote out a contract for "the Ender trilogy," and he had to [[DolledUpInstallment rewrite a planned standalone]] called ''Philotes'' into the third book. Then he realized just how long ''Philotes'' was, and split it into two books, ''Literature/{{Xenocide}}'' and ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheMind''. [[spoiler:Killing off the main character]] nearly ended the series, but then he realized the thousand-year TimeSkip between books 1 and 2 allowed for plenty of {{Interquel}}s. Now the series is up to double digits.
3rd Dec '15 2:44:15 AM Anddrix
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* Just before the third book of the ''Literature/HushHush'' trilogy came out, the author announced that she would be writing a fourth book too.
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* Just before ''Silence'' -- the third book of the ''Literature/HushHush'' trilogy came out, the author announced that she would be writing a fourth book too.(''Finale'')too.
17th Nov '15 3:19:33 PM LancelotG
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* A 1979 boxed set refers to ''AWrinkleInTime'' and its sequels ''A Wind in the Door'' and ''A Swiftly Tilting Planet'' as the Time Trilogy. Officially it's the Time Quartet (as of ''Many Waters)'' or the Time Quintet (including ''An Acceptable Time)''.
12th Nov '15 5:29:02 PM nombretomado
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* RobertRankin's ''Brentford Trilogy'' has seven books. The ''Armageddon'' series, perhaps in reference to this, is called an Octology, despite there only being three books in it.
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* RobertRankin's Creator/RobertRankin's ''Brentford Trilogy'' has seven books. The ''Armageddon'' series, perhaps in reference to this, is called an Octology, despite there only being three books in it.
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