“Lost finished with an episode pretty much universally loathed”
entirely sure what it had overtaken…). Harry Potter started a new trend by splitting the last book into two films: Carry On Camping and The Deathly Hallows Part 2. Peter Jackson went one better by turning The Hobbit into three films then never quite figuring out how to pad out the middle one ( one page of script saying “Dwarves run from dragon” ending up as 20 minutes of screen time).
Teen sci- fi novels were also staging a cinematic invasion as The Hunger Games begat Divergent begat The Maze Runner. Elsewhere Troll Hunter and Chronicle proved there was something new you could do with found footage.
Lauren Beukes became the topmost of the literary set, nabbing the Arthur C Clarke award with the extraordinary Zoo City ( turning up to the ceremony with a fake sloth draped over her shoulders helped ensure coverage by the bloggerati too). DC introduced The New 52 – a fancy name for yet another reboot – and Marvel retaliated with Marvel NOW!.
Oh, and Disney bought Star Wars. But that’s a story for the future… Dave Golder