Best Book Series Ever
Books are unique tools for transforming a human being’s imagination. They not only make us more aware about topics but spark in the readers a sense of awakening. Which is not possible otherwise. It is an inevitable fact that most of the genres of books have huge following and manage to attract many more all the time.
Whether it is fantasy novels or science fiction books, books and their series are now a part of the popular culture and have hugely affected the lives of the readers and continue to challenge the limits of imagination of our minds. The following is a list of the best book series ever.
If you were to ask people to name the most popular book series of the recent years, most of them will surely name Harry Potter. Ever since the first book i.e. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone came out in 1997, this bestselling book series has managed to gain a huge fan following through the years and isn’t going to stop expanding anytime soon. The series follow the story of a boy named Harry who finds out on his eleventh birthday that he is a wizard.
What comes next is an epic tale of his adventures at his wizarding school Hogwarts with his friends and how he uses his powers to fight the evil Dark Lord and his followers. The author J. K. Rowling spent years writing and honing the story and was successful at creating something the world has never seen before. It is without any doubted, one of the best book series ever and was also successfully adapted into chart-topping movies.
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games is another bestselling fantasy series by Suzanne Collins. It was critically acclaimed and well received by the readers upon its first publication and just like the Harry Potter franchise, was adapted into movies that broke box office records. One of the main reasons of its success was the plot of the story and what people review as an accurate dystopian depiction. Set in an anti-utopian society, it tells the tale of Katniss Everdeen and her partner on a quest to play a haunting and dangerous game.
The character development through these fantasy novels are quite amazing and the readers are made to feel sympathy for them. At certain times, the disturbances and troubles are explored beautifully and the reader is immersed fully because of the beautiful writing. I cannot recommend this book enough and it can also serve as a starter for those who want to explore more of the fantasy and dystopia genres. One can share and chat about this book series with her partner as a good girlfriend.
The Lord of the Rings
Perhaps the only book series capable of upstaging other fiction and fantasy novels is ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Written by the famous author J. R. R. Tolkien, the series explore the magical world of Middle Earth and the adventures of the extraordinary creatures the Hobbits. These fantasy books are developed with immense care and the author spend years creating the worlds and the stories with the characters. Tolkien drew his own figures and maps to annotate the stories and wrote additional material to complement it. It can take quite some time to even draw the connections of all the characters as they are quite huge in number and intricate.
Following the tradition of other bestselling book series, the Lord of the Rings were made into groundbreaking movies that implied the use of new technologies and were labeled revolutionary. It was proven by the fact that the last installment i.e. The Return of the King won eleven Oscars and was hailed as one of the best and most successful movies of all time. There won’t be a list of best fantasy genre books complete without its mention and its intricacy and comprehensive story telling is what makes it a favorite among fantasy and fiction fanatics.
The Chronicles of Narnia
It is said that this is one of those stories that should be read to every child in order for them to develop interest in book reading and propel their imagination. The Narnia series is loved both by the critics and the readers aging from kids to adults. It was a pioneer in the world of fantasy storytelling and cherish because of the sweet writing and delicate story. Some of the books stand out on their own and can be read separately but together, they detail the wonderful world of Narnia. The chronicles are mostly about the ventures of the children who stumble in the magical kingdom unexpectedly and grew up to be Kings and Queens whose rule transformed the lives of the magical creatures.
These characters are also mentioned in the other stories and although these fantasy novels weren’t published in a specific sequence, the author C. S. Lewis himself presented an order for getting an idea about the timeline and proper understanding of the story. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is probably the most celebrated one of them all but the other ones aren’t any less epic. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that C. S. Lewis was a close friend of Tolkien’s and both used to listen and help the other in the creation of their fictitious worlds. The theme of time travel and heroism is very well explored and inspires the readers to a great extent.
A song of Ice and Fire
This book series is what the hit TV show ”Game of Thrones” is based on and is the work of author George R. R. Martin. The first book of the same name was published in 1991 and it still isn’t completed. Initially, it was planned as a trilogy but as the writer got more ideas he expanded this fictitious world. This bestselling book series takes place in a kingdom called Westeros where there is a constant fight for rule, more specifically the ‘iron throne’, among various powerful families.
There is also a great threat of dangerous creatures from the north side of the kingdom and an exiled queen aims to return to power. The series is mainly known for its portrayal of brutality that comes with the hunger of rule. There are many twists and turns in it making it one of the best book series ever. As the final book hasn’t been written yet, readers are excited about the fate of the story and how this chronicle would be completed.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Another one of an acclaimed fantasy novel series is Percy Jackson written by American author Rick Riordan. There are five books in this series and it also serve as the predecessor for another great work of the author called “The Heroes of Olympus”. It is mostly based on the Greek Mythology and the story can be really fun for those who love to read about the Greek history and myths. Because of the unique story, it has been consistently on The New York Times Bestseller list and more than 50 million books have been bought around the world.
The series was to be adapted into a complete film saga but due to low commercial and critical numbers on the second installment, production was halted. Still, the books rules the heart of the readers as every one of them follows various adventures of Greek heroes. There is revelation and completion of a certain prophecy in this series which is later the basis of another prophecy in the sequel series.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Unlike most of the mentions in this list, Diary of a Wimpy Kid has a more light-hearted tone. Jeff Kinney wrote this series from the perspective of a young boy who has a habit of keeping a journal about his daily life. These books were positively reviewed and were also commercially successful. Four of the books were made into huge money grabbing movies. The series starts out with Greg Heffley, the narrator, where he tells all about his family, friends, and life in school.
The story grows as Greg grows older and while reading the series in order, we get to see the character development and the spark of maturity igniting in each one of them. It is a sweet and humorous take on the transition from childhood to teenage and is definitely enjoyable. A perk of this series that makes it best is that anyone can read it be a kid or a grownup, and still get a few laughs and enjoy. Husband / wife can chat with each other on this awesome book series.
The Dark Tower
The king of horror Stephen King has quite a number of amazing books to his name, but one of his bestselling book series is “The Dark Tower”. The first novel was published in 1982 called ‘The Gunslinger’ and was an instant hit among the horror fans. There is masterful storytelling and the eight books explored the theme comprehensively. It is a constant debate among the fans to pick out the best one, but it is extremely hard as all are worthy.
It also links many of King’s stories and blends together for an expansion if his multiverse. The concepts continue in his other books, so it is a treat that never ends. An original movie is also made starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba as the main characters. The series deserves to be read by every bookworm.
Being a bookworm, one is always looking for new books and series to grab and get immersed in. These were some of the best book series ever you should try if you are an avid reader. They are extremely fun and will take you and your brain to another dimension! Thank you for reading at Aedrio.