Emily Schiemann

Emily Schiemann

Sociology/Criminology student at Texas Tech

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What is the appeal of trilogies?

Why do so many books and movies come in threes? Blade, Austin Powers, Scream, The Hunger Games Trilogy… the list goes on for ages, regardless of genre. Is this just the perfect number of books or movies that are needed to wrap something up?

  • Nice topic. The writer should also consider looking beyond the formal and technical aspects of trilogies and examine the historical antecedents of contemporary trilogies. There might even be some value in discussing ancient Greek plays that came in three and ancient Indian epics whose three-part structures were prototypical versions of modern books and films. – IsidoreIsou 1 year ago
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  • There's an opportunity to take this topic in a number of interesting directions. The writer may consider exploring "omne trium perfectum" or the "rule of three" used in writing, comedy, fairy tales, rhetoric, poems etc... Why is it that things that come in three are more satisfying? Does this have any connection with trilogies being as common as they are? On a different note, maybe trilogies are created by certain economic demands–maybe they represent the perfect balance between "maximum number of works required to generate maximum profit" and "artistic quality and integrity." These are just random ideas. – IsidoreIsou 1 year ago
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  • Three has been such a significant number throughout history (the 3 major gods, the holy trinity, etc), that I think we are hardwired to find appeal in the number 3. It's fascinating, and could be a very interesting psychological investigation – MHayman 1 year ago
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  • Would love to read about this. Three is used everywhere and sometimes we don't even realize it. Is it just visually or mentally appealing? Or [enter your question] is it just the perfect number? – madigoldman 1 year ago
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  • Historical and symbolic reasons aside, there also has to be a modern day marketing reason behind the rise of the YA trilogy in particular, at this point. Trilogies are hot, they sell, and they sell more than one book. I bet if you looked, you could find sources supporting the fact that publishers are looking for trilogies and pushing authors to use a three book format. – ealohr 1 year ago
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  • Could it be that it's rooted in three-act structure? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-act_structure — I've never thought about it before, but that comes to mind. – Benjamin Brandall 1 year ago
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Emily Schiemann

Thanks for writing about the good and the bad about these interaction. Though I personally don’t take part on social media, I think it’s great that fans have the opportunity to at least believe that they have an input (I say it that way because I doubt there are many show creators like Fuller that will look at individual tweets). It’s just another way that TV and movies are becoming more of an interactive experience, and I’m curious to see where it’ll go in the future.

#Faninteraction: Social Media and Representation in Popular Television
Emily Schiemann

First of all, I’m a huge sucker for a redemption arc, and Draco Malfoy’s is one of my favorites. Draco did start out as a whiny brat, but I completely agree that his attitudes and behaviors were mostly learned in his upbringing. I think part of it came from the fact that his life was planned out for him from the beginning, with his Death Eater parents offering him up as a pawn for Voldemort. That’ll mess anyone up.

I think it’s also important to note that none of this really excuses his earlier behavior. The redemption is all about him improving himself, making up for his past actions, and not trying to justify them, which makes it even more impressive and valid.

Why Draco Malfoy is one of the Most Underrated Characters in 'Harry Potter'
Emily Schiemann

Thanks for writing this! I used to be a great creative writer, but I lost momentum when I got to high school and had to start writing about things that I wasn’t interested in. I’m trying to get back into writing about my interests, and I’m glad I came across this article to help me push myself back into it.

Can you Teach Someone how to Become a Writer?