Daily Think: Why Trilogies?

A few years ago, people were wondering why trilogies exist. Some people viewed it as companies getting greedy, others were clueless, some didn’t understand why there weren’t septilogies, blah blah blah.

The simplest reason to explain why people do trilogies is simple: the three act structure. The Greeks talked about it ages ago–the idea of each story having a beginning, a middle, and an end, and it seems humans across all cultures prefer this to any other sort of story type, for whatever reason. Japanese drama has Jo-Ha-Kyu, while Opera Seria was structured fast-slow-fast… ultimately, people just like to have things that work in three parts. For whatever reason, it’s easier for us to process. Obviously, you have series that go longer–just look at Discworld–and you have single stories and duologies as well, but people really like the idea of a beginning, middle, and end, and that’s why we have it.

BONUS: Almost all stories are structured this way, and generally, stories that are widely considered bad do not adhere to these principles.

Time for Saint’s Row. Adios.

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