The world doesn't need another review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 today. Rather than regale you with my thoughts from the midnight showing (amazing!), I'd prefer to have a different discussion. I figure those of you that are fans will go see it (and likely concur with its awesomeness); those of you that couldn't care less will pass on the opportunity to do so (and I'll love you anyway); and those that really want a review have plenty other blogs to turn to. Instead I'd like to embark on what I find the more intriguing topic of conversation: the fact that the book was released as two films. Now that both are out - and assuming most Potterheads have seen, or will soon have seen, parts one and deux - I'm curious about the reaction to the book split decision.
As a lover of books, YA books, fantasy books, and great series reads, it's no surprise that I hold Rowling's work in the highest esteem. That's not to say that I adore every book she's written, but as a whole, I'm greatly impressed. As a film fan, I also think the movies are great adaptations of the text. I won't go into the pros-cons of books versus movies. I've found I can enjoy both forms of a work to a better degree if I choose to treat them as separate entities. The movie is not supposed to BE the book, rather it's an interpretation of the book. Granted, my favorite book in the Potter series is also one of my least favorite movies; and the books that I thought were weaker entries, turned out to be some of my favorite movies.
But returning to my original question: what does everyone feel about the decision to divide Deathly Hallows into two films? The choice has set a precedent for other long books potentially becoming two films when they are released (rumors report similar splits possible for movies of Breaking Dawn and Mockingjay). Is this evidence of producers/directors wanting to give fans more to savor or a quest for more money? Are these decisions being considered to honor their source material or for bigger box offices? On a similar thread, what do fans think about George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire being adapted as a television series rather than feature films?
I don't want to sway anyone's opinions so I'll save my thoughts for the comments but I'd love to hear your take!