Created By: MorningStar1337 on June 8, 2013 Last Edited By: alnair20aug93 on April 21, 2018

Divided For Adaptation

The Film Of The Book is actually two films.

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I felt that if was too restrictive with just the final book split into movies, so I call for expanding it to standalone books, a Doorstoper, or a book adapted into other media. Also, Needs a Better Description.
So you're watching the film of the book in a series, content in the fact that the whole movie adapts the whole book like the other ones. But then there is a Cliffhanger ending. You read the source material to find that the book continues beyond that point. What happened?

Well, The Film of the Book was split in half.

It's becoming a common trend to see cinema adaptions of a novel in a book series be split in two, and likely if said book is a Doorstopper, or the final book showcasing the Grand Finale (which it almost always is). Executive Meddling can be a major reason this happens (particularly to popular book-to-movie series). Chances of Adaptation Expansion and/or Filler can occur.

Also see Gecko Ending where an adaption ends just short of the source material ending and the adaptation has to Wrap It Up.

Sub-Trope of Divided for Publication and Movie Multipack.

Contrast the opposite Compressed Adaptation.


Examples

Film — Live Action

Live Action TV

Video Games

Western Animation

Community Feedback Replies: 35
  • June 8, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    I already now of the twilight and Harry Potter boos have a case of it but i want to give details. (Cause a trope with only ZeroContextExamples is unlikely to pass)
  • June 8, 2013
    sunlitgarden
    • The film adaptation of The Hobbit was split in 'three'.

    I hate this trend, ugh. I understand that they want to cut less from the books that way, but more often than not it just seems like a money grab.
  • June 8, 2013
    sunlitgarden
    Oops, markup fail. That should be:

    • The film adaptation of The Hobbit was split in three.
  • June 8, 2013
    sunlitgarden
    Wow, I'm in full-on fail mode with italics/wicks right now. I blame too much editing. Let's try this one more time...

    • The film adaptation of The Hobbit was split in three.
  • June 8, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    Actually reversed with Lord of the Rings; the "trilogy" is six books long. Each novel is split into two parts, leading to book VI in the last novel, between book V and the appendixes. Properly speaking, the four novels exist In Universe as a single tome.
  • June 8, 2013
    Synchronicity
    • In 2012 it was announced thatMockingjay, the third book in The Hunger Games, will be split into two movies.
  • June 9, 2013
    RandomSurfer
    @sunlitgarden: You can edit your replies by clicking the pencil next to it, rather than adding replies "fixing" your earlier ones.

    • Saturday Night Live parodies the Hobbit example with a Parody Commercial for The Hobbit, which it says will be in nineteen 3-hour movies. The first film is already in the can, but others include The Hobbit 2: Journey to the Beginning of the Walk to Smaug's Lair, Hobbit 3: Shoot, I Just Realized I Forgot Something Back at the Shire. Mind if we Double Back? and Hobbit 4: Apple Maps: An Unexpected Detour. The final film will be released in 2028 - bring your grandkids!
  • June 13, 2013
    MorningStar1337
  • June 17, 2013
    MorningStar1337
  • June 22, 2013
    MorningStar1337
  • June 26, 2013
    AP
    • Interestingly enough, this was subverted in The Lord Of The Rings in which parts of the second book were split up with the first chapter ending the first movie and the last chapter chapter starting the third movie.
  • June 27, 2013
    Larkmarn
    This is covered by Divided For Publication. I don't think it's unique enough to warrant a separate trope.
  • June 27, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ In that case the description of Divided For Publication could use some work, because it makes it really sound like a literature only trope.
  • June 27, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Yeah, the name and Example As Thesis make it sound like that, but there are pretty extensive sections on other mediums.
  • June 27, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    Divided For Publication seems to be for books. This trope is for The Film Of The (Last) Book
  • June 27, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Well, if it used to be that, it's not anymore.
  • June 27, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    That makes this a sub trope, but not necessarily extraneous. War And Peace is still a single volume, I believe, though. That doesn't belong.
  • December 21, 2013
    Stratadrake
    Can I bump? I don't think we have a duplicate trope here, but a valid Sister Trope since The Film Of The Book is about adaptation, not publication.

    In fact, I propose broadening it to any adaptation that covers only a portion of its source installment (with clear intent of a follow-up/sequel covering the rest): In other words, a Partitioned Adaptation.
  • December 21, 2013
    NateTheGreat
    Regardless of Tolkein's intentions, the publisher put out Lord of the Rings as three books, and the general public treats it as three books. Therefore three movies was expected and not at all odd.
  • December 21, 2013
    BlueGuy
    If this is for any book getting split into two movies, then it should probably be retitled something like "One Book Two Movies".

    And here's another example:

  • December 21, 2013
    Stratadrake
    I'm no fan of the One X Two Y naming pattern, but that's just a matter of taste. The real question I'm interested in is my proposal — or should I take it to a rival YKTTW?
  • December 22, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    Examples Are Not Recent (twilight,harrypottah). or if you must include a timeline, give a specific date.

    also, @ morningstar, just zero edit this. keeps your comments section clean.
  • December 22, 2013
    Century
    Fixed the spelling and grammar mistakes in the description.
  • January 26, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    Bump.
  • January 28, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    Just updating the "will be's" into "was's"
  • October 4, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    Bump.
  • November 22, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    Seems books split into a few movies aren't just for final books. And it also works for TV. Case in point:
  • November 22, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    To broaden this, why not Divided For Adaptation?
  • January 22, 2018
    ZuTheSkunk
    • The movie adaptation of Stephen King's It was split into two movies, with the first one focusing on the main characters as kids, and the second one focusing on them as adults.
  • February 2, 2018
    AmourMitts
    Is this already covered under Movie Multipack?
  • February 2, 2018
    crazysamaritan
    ^ Movie Multipack has an unusual construction. I think it's trying to do too much, too.

    Suggestion for the Lord of the Rings example:
  • February 2, 2018
    StrixObscuro
    Live Action TV
    • Runaways 2017 spreads the plot of the original miniseries over multiple seasons.
  • March 9, 2018
    alnair20aug93
    1. Any more non-film examples? 2. This could be a suptrope to Movie Multipack.
  • March 12, 2018
    luigi_itsa
    1. Executive Meddling is a major reason this happens (particularly to popular book-to-movie series), so it should probably be mentioned in the description. 2. A lot of TV Shows (Orange is the New Black, Altered Carbon, 13 Reasons Why) probably qualify for this, but I'm not sure what the difference is between this and Adaptation Expansion. Like Game of Thrones season 1 is a good example of Divided for Adaptation without Adaptation Expansion because it was so faithful to the first book, but the Hobbit trilogy very much is an Adaptation Expansion. Is this trope for adaptations that have minimal changes or adaptations that have been greatly expanded?
  • March 15, 2018
    alnair20aug93
    ^ Aside from what you mentioned, the basic description is also that the source material is too big and/or too complex for a two hour movie or a whole season for a TV show, so they have to split it.
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