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26th Jun '16 6:31:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ''{{Belgariad}}'' was planned to be a trilogy ("Belgarion", "Ce'Nedra" & "Torak"). Eddings explains in ''The Rivan Codex'' that due to length and the publishing standards of large book chains at the time, his publisher convinced him to do a pentalogy instead. Then, when he was writing book four, he realised that he was going to have plenty of material left over, and the second pentalogy was planned. And when that wasn't enough, they went and planned a prequel, that in fact saw the light as two... Of two books each. ''TheElenium'', on the other hand, ''was'' a trilogy that received ''another'' trilogy of sequels.
* Creator/PiersAnthony lampshades this by marveling at how long the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' "trilogy" has become in the afterword to one of the books. He then mentions the possibility of working on more books in the ''Apprentice Adept'' series, since that trilogy was "looking a little sparse" at only three books. It eventually reached seven. The first Xanth "trilogy" happens to have 27 books, with the last of these being titled "Cube Route" (and since 3 cubed is 27, this is another of Piers' in/famous puns). In fact, this seems to happen to Anthony a lot. The Cluster trilogy ended up being supplemented with two {{Interquel}}s. The ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, though never a trilogy, ended up three books longer than originally planned. As for the Literature/ApprenticeAdept Trilogy - it's now two trilogies and a seventh standalone.

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* The ''{{Belgariad}}'' ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'' was planned to be a trilogy ("Belgarion", "Ce'Nedra" & "Torak"). Eddings explains in ''The Rivan Codex'' that due to length and the publishing standards of large book chains at the time, his publisher convinced him to do a pentalogy instead. Then, when he was writing book four, he realised that he was going to have plenty of material left over, and the second pentalogy was planned. And when that wasn't enough, they went and planned a prequel, that in fact saw the light as two... Of two books each. ''TheElenium'', on the other hand, ''was'' a trilogy that received ''another'' trilogy of sequels.
* Creator/PiersAnthony lampshades this by marveling at how long the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' "trilogy" has become in the afterword to one of the books. He then mentions the possibility of working on more books in the ''Apprentice Adept'' series, since that trilogy was "looking a little sparse" at only three books. It eventually reached seven. The first Xanth "trilogy" happens to have 27 books, with the last of these being titled "Cube Route" (and since 3 cubed is 27, this is another of Piers' in/famous puns). In fact, this seems to happen to Anthony a lot. The Cluster trilogy ended up being supplemented with two {{Interquel}}s. The ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, though never a trilogy, ended up three books longer than originally planned. As for the Literature/ApprenticeAdept Trilogy - it's now two trilogies and a seventh standalone.



* Anne Bishop's [[BlackJewels The Black Jewels Trilogy]] has six books (and a short story/novella) collection. Averted in that the first three books are a coherent trilogy (all with titles Noun of the Noun), followed by a prequel, followed by the collection which has prequel, inter, and epilogue stories, followed by two epilogue novels.

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* Anne Bishop's [[BlackJewels [[Literature/BlackJewels The Black Jewels Trilogy]] has six books (and a short story/novella) collection. Averted in that the first three books are a coherent trilogy (all with titles Noun of the Noun), followed by a prequel, followed by the collection which has prequel, inter, and epilogue stories, followed by two epilogue novels.
7th Jun '16 2:34:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''{{Foundation}}''. Several of his more well-known stories are actually one [[TheVerse universe]], through CanonWelding. He was a tremendously prolific writer, so only a small fraction of his actual work fits into the background and timeline of the Robots/Foundation [[TheVerse 'verse]], but that fraction includes some of his most popular stories. It should be noted, though, that the familiar trilogy was originally published in ''eleven'' installments[[note]]Book 1 is the first four stories, plus a framing story; Book 2 is two stories, one of which was published as a two-part serial, and book 3 is also two stories, one of which was published as a three-part serial[[/note]].
* When Bernard Cornwell was inspired by the popularity of the ''{{Sharpe}}'' television series to write some more novels, he wrote three books set prior to the Peninsular War setting of the existing novels. They were quickly dubbed the prequel trilogy by fans. Then he wrote two more. (Although as the first three concerned Sharpe's adventures in India and the other two dealt with the earlier part of the Napoleonic conflict, they seemed to have been rebranded the India trilogy.) In the end, he only moved on to other projects when he ran out of early 19th century wars for [[TheGump Richard Sharpe]] to fight in. [[TropesAreNotBad The quality of writing remained consistently good throughout.]]

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''{{Foundation}}''.''Literature/{{Foundation}}''. Several of his more well-known stories are actually one [[TheVerse universe]], through CanonWelding. He was a tremendously prolific writer, so only a small fraction of his actual work fits into the background and timeline of the Robots/Foundation [[TheVerse 'verse]], but that fraction includes some of his most popular stories. It should be noted, though, that the familiar trilogy was originally published in ''eleven'' installments[[note]]Book 1 is the first four stories, plus a framing story; Book 2 is two stories, one of which was published as a two-part serial, and book 3 is also two stories, one of which was published as a three-part serial[[/note]].
* When Bernard Cornwell was inspired by the popularity of the ''{{Sharpe}}'' ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}'' television series to write some more novels, he wrote three books set prior to the Peninsular War setting of the existing novels. They were quickly dubbed the prequel trilogy by fans. Then he wrote two more. (Although as the first three concerned Sharpe's adventures in India and the other two dealt with the earlier part of the Napoleonic conflict, they seemed to have been rebranded the India trilogy.) In the end, he only moved on to other projects when he ran out of early 19th century wars for [[TheGump Richard Sharpe]] to fight in. [[TropesAreNotBad The quality of writing remained consistently good throughout.]]



** The ''[[TheDarkswordTrilogy Darksword]]'' "trilogy" by Weis and Hickman consists of four books. The fourth is written in a somewhat different style than the rest (taking place after a TimeSkip and being narrated by a new character), but does conclude important plot threads that the third book left dangling. There is also another book (Darksword Adventures) which is half novella set in the same setting as the trilogy, and half {{RPG}} system.

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** The ''[[TheDarkswordTrilogy ''[[Literature/TheDarkswordTrilogy Darksword]]'' "trilogy" by Weis and Hickman consists of four books. The fourth is written in a somewhat different style than the rest (taking place after a TimeSkip and being narrated by a new character), but does conclude important plot threads that the third book left dangling. There is also another book (Darksword Adventures) which is half novella set in the same setting as the trilogy, and half {{RPG}} system.
30th May '16 8:22:30 PM Doug86
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* Creator/HarryTurtledove, particularly since it was unexpected: his [[Literature/{{Timeline191}} TL-191]] series started with a one-off prequel, ''How Few Remain'', then a trilogy called ''The Great War''. All of which fitted the planned releases that had been "Coming Soon" in the fronts of his novels for years. Then suddenly the one round-up book that would have dealt with events later on, called ''The Great War: Settling Accounts'', grew to '''seven huge books''', the ''American Empire'' trilogy and then the ''Settling Accounts'' tetralogy. The vast amount of padding and repetition involved in these seven, along with what is broadly considered to be a significant decline in writing quality, has led [[AlternateHistoryDotCom some]] to accuse Turtledove of deliberately writing {{Doorstopper}}s to put his kids through college.

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* Creator/HarryTurtledove, particularly since it was unexpected: his [[Literature/{{Timeline191}} TL-191]] series started with a one-off prequel, ''How Few Remain'', then a trilogy called ''The Great War''. All of which fitted the planned releases that had been "Coming Soon" in the fronts of his novels for years. Then suddenly the one round-up book that would have dealt with events later on, called ''The Great War: Settling Accounts'', grew to '''seven huge books''', the ''American Empire'' trilogy and then the ''Settling Accounts'' tetralogy. The vast amount of padding and repetition involved in these seven, along with what is broadly considered to be a significant decline in writing quality, has led [[AlternateHistoryDotCom [[Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom some]] to accuse Turtledove of deliberately writing {{Doorstopper}}s to put his kids through college.
26th May '16 6:53:45 PM Drope
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* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' actually manages to invert this (by also using a variation of TwoPartTrilogy): you've got ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand'', ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2'', ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3'' and ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards''. The twist is that the trilogy here would be the latter three games, thanks to all of them having several elements in common and an overarching story arc (mostly surrounding EldrichtAbomination Dark Matter, who {{Fanon}} named the trilogy after). Thus, the first game ends up being more of a set up for this entire trilogy (and also ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure'', which is narratively unrelated) instead of part of it.

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* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' actually manages to invert this (by also using a variation of TwoPartTrilogy): you've got ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand'', ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2'', ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3'' and ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards''. The twist is that the trilogy here would be the latter three games, thanks to all of them having several elements in common and an overarching story arc (mostly surrounding EldrichtAbomination EldritchAbomination Dark Matter, who {{Fanon}} named the trilogy after). Thus, the first game ends up being more of a set up for this entire trilogy (and also ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure'', which is narratively unrelated) instead of part of it.
26th May '16 6:52:34 PM Drope
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* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' actually manages to invert this: you've got ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand'', ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2'', ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3'' and ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards''. The twist is that the trilogy here would be the latter three games, thanks to all of them having several elements in common and an overarching story arc (mostly surrounding EldrichtAbomination Dark Matter, who {{Fanon}} named the trilogy after). Thus, the first game ends up being more of a set up for this entire trilogy (and also ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure'', which is narratively unrelated) instead of part of it.

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* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' actually manages to invert this: this (by also using a variation of TwoPartTrilogy): you've got ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand'', ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2'', ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3'' and ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards''. The twist is that the trilogy here would be the latter three games, thanks to all of them having several elements in common and an overarching story arc (mostly surrounding EldrichtAbomination Dark Matter, who {{Fanon}} named the trilogy after). Thus, the first game ends up being more of a set up for this entire trilogy (and also ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure'', which is narratively unrelated) instead of part of it.
26th May '16 6:48:06 PM Drope
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* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' actually manages to invert this: you've got ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand'', ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2'', ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3'' and ''VideoGame/Kirbys64TheCrystalShards''. The twist is that the trilogy here would be the latter three games, thanks to all of them having several elements in common and an overarching story arc (mostly surrounding EldrichtAbomination Dark Matter, who {{Fanon}} named the trilogy after). Thus, the first game ends up being more of a set up for this entire trilogy (and also ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure'', which is narratively unrelated) instead of part of it.

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* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' actually manages to invert this: you've got ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand'', ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2'', ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3'' and ''VideoGame/Kirbys64TheCrystalShards''.''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards''. The twist is that the trilogy here would be the latter three games, thanks to all of them having several elements in common and an overarching story arc (mostly surrounding EldrichtAbomination Dark Matter, who {{Fanon}} named the trilogy after). Thus, the first game ends up being more of a set up for this entire trilogy (and also ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure'', which is narratively unrelated) instead of part of it.
26th May '16 6:47:27 PM Drope
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* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' actually manages to invert this: you've got ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand'', ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand2'', ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3'' and ''VideoGame/Kirbys64TheCrystalShards''. The twist is that the trilogy here would be the latter three games, thanks to all of them having several elements in common and an overarching story arc (mostly surrounding EldrichtAbomination Dark Matter, who {{Fanon}} named the trilogy after). Thus, the first game ends up being more of a set up for this entire trilogy (and also ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure'', which is narratively unrelated) instead of part of it.
13th May '16 10:35:26 PM SunriseWarrior
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* Creator/RobertLudlum's ''Literature/TheBourneSeries'' has a clear ending in book three, as Bourne/Webb finally kills his nemesis Carlos the Jackal. After Ludlum's death Eric van Lustbader continued the series. Interestingly [[Film/TheBourneSeries the film adaptations of the books]], which bear only the most superficial resemblance to their source material, also provide a definite ending in the third entry. But then they started making ''Bourne 4''.

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* Creator/RobertLudlum's ''Literature/TheBourneSeries'' has a clear ending in book three, as Bourne/Webb [[spoiler:Bourne/Webb finally kills his nemesis Carlos the Jackal.Jackal]]. After Ludlum's death Eric van Lustbader continued the series. Interestingly [[Film/TheBourneSeries the film adaptations of the books]], which bear only the most superficial resemblance to their source material, also provide a definite ending in the third entry. But then they started making ''Bourne 4''.
11th May '16 11:34:35 PM Vios
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* Averted with ''[[TheLightbringerTrilogy the Lightbringer Series]]''. The author intended for it to be a trilogy, but purposefully named it "Series" just in case he went over. And indeed, he later started with a fourth.

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* Averted with ''[[TheLightbringerTrilogy the Lightbringer Series]]''.''Literature/TheLightbringerSeries''. The author intended for it to be a trilogy, but purposefully named it "Series" just in case he went over. And indeed, he later started with a fourth.fourth... and a fifth.
3rd May '16 9:31:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* One of the taglines for ''Film/ScaryMovie 4'' was "The Fourth and Final Chapter of the Trilogy"... Then ''Scary Movie 5'' came out. In France, ''ScaryMovie 3'' had the tagline [[CaptainObvious "Best trilogies are in three parts."]] For that matter, it wasn't even the first time they had pulled such a stunt. One of the [[{{Tagline}} taglines]] for the original ''Film/ScaryMovie'' was "No shame. No mercy. No sequel." One of the taglines for the second film was "[[ILied We lied.]]"

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* One of the taglines for ''Film/ScaryMovie 4'' ''Film/ScaryMovie4'' was "The Fourth and Final Chapter of the Trilogy"... Then ''Scary Movie 5'' ''Film/ScaryMovie5'' came out. In France, ''ScaryMovie 3'' ''Film/ScaryMovie3'' had the tagline [[CaptainObvious "Best trilogies are in three parts."]] For that matter, it wasn't even the first time they had pulled such a stunt. One of the [[{{Tagline}} taglines]] for the original ''Film/ScaryMovie'' was "No shame. No mercy. No sequel." One of the taglines for the second film was "[[ILied We lied.]]"
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