Episode I: The Sequel Menace
by Brandi Scardilli
Part 2 is the darkest, and Part 3 is the worst. That’s the general accepted wisdom for movie series. Does it hold up? In my opinion, it does for Back to the Future, Star Wars (original trilogy), Jurassic Park, and X-Men (first and second trilogies—Jean Grey even made a joke about it in Apocalypse). It’s definitely not true of Harry Potter (the third movie is widely regarded as the best), Men in Black (I love Men in Black 3, but I might be in the minority on that one) or The Hunger Games (I wouldn’t call Catching Fire the darkest movie by a long shot).
Now that I’ve given you a glimpse of what fills my Blu-ray shelves, I’ll tell you why I’m talking about sequels. This year, we’ll be running a four-part series of features, from May to September, by Justin Hoenke. I’m excited about Tales From the Library Trenches, not only because Justin has a lot of wisdom to share about his journey through the stages of a library career (and he’s just getting started), but also because I know he’s not going to succumb to the “third is the worst” rule. (No pressure, Justin).
In our other features, the always informative and clever Anthony Aycock shares his love of book collecting—it’s the perfect hobby for a librarian—and Corilee Christou, our copyright expert extraordinaire, dives into the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017.