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For every Harry Potter or Hunger Games series, there are those franchises that didn't quite set the world on fire...
Since Insurgent came out, I’ve been thinking about those less fortunate: the franchise wannabes. While Divergent may have succeeded financially, (a film that rode on the coat-tails of the even more lucrative The Hunger Games franchise) there are others who didn’t quite make it into the movie world’s big leagues. These are the franchise-starters that flopped, the films produced with the optimistic hope that they will bring in the readies and kick-start Hollywood’s latest franchise. Worse luck for them, really.
For the sake of simplicity, this list will zero in on Ya franchise-starters, films adapted from a young adult novel or with that audience in mind. There are plenty of more mature films that struggled such as Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time, The A-Team »
The Mortal Instruments' film’s sequel might’ve been cancelled, but could a TV show deliver everything we want?
When Screen Gems and Constantin Film began production of The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, they must have thought they were onto a winner. In 2010, the end of the Twilight Saga was in sight, and there looked to be an opportunity for a new Ya fantasy series to swoop in and nab its audience. The Mortal Instruments should’ve been the perfect successor, with its mixture of magic and romance, its sprawling fantastical world and vulnerable-yet-kickass heroine.
But when the first movie was released in 2013, it received negative reviews and a mediocre box office return. The sequel, City Of Ashes, had already been greenlit… but in the wake of the first film’s disappointing reception, it was first postponed and then cancelled altogether.
We might not have seen the last »
Fan fiction is more prevalent than you might think. With Fifty Shades of Grey being unleashed in theaters Friday, there's no denying that the novel's author, E L James, has brought fan fiction into the spotlight. Originally titled Master of the Universe, James's Twilight fan fiction based on Stephenie Meyer's multi-million dollar franchise first found its home on FanFiction.net. After the racy material within the story forced James to pull it from FanFiction.net, she next hosted Master of the Universe on her own website called 50Shades.com (which now redirects to her official author page). Back then, »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
3 items from 2015
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