The trend of splitting the final book of a successful Young Adult franchise into two films began with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and I really hope it ends with Mockingjay. The success of The Hunger Games led to a trend of post-apocalyptic dystopian science fiction for Young Adults, and for that I will always be grateful. The adaptation of the trilogy into films was mostly successful, except for the decision to split Mockingjay into two films. Mockingjay wasn’t significantly longer than either The Hunger Games or Catching Fire, but movie studios make money, and given the popularity of The Hunger Games franchise when the first film was released, it made sense to adapt Mockingjay into two films. The problem was is that those films weren’t as strong as the adaptations of The Hunger Games and Catching Fire.