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While I have read many books that can be classified to be part of a ‘series’, these days, there seems to be a trend of publishing books as trilogies. Or at least that of telling a single story using multiple parts.

On considering a series of books that feature the same heroes/characters, the Famous Five series of books by Enid Blyton, Hardy Boys series by Franklin W Dixon, Miss Marple series by Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot series by Agatha Christie come to mind.

In case of single story told for the same hero/character, Harry Potter by J K Rowling, Rick Riordan’s novels come to mind.

In case of trilogy, Issac Asimov’s Foundation series come to mind. In this case, the trilogy was later expanded into seven books. And how can one forget Lord of the Rings trilogy by J R R Tolkien. And more recently the Fifty Shades trilogy. Also the trilogy in four parts – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Arthur C Clarke.

Is this really a trend? Or is it something that I believe to be a trend but is not so? Or has that been the case all along, but I was not aware of the same?