There have been many movie adaptations of our favorite books in the past few years because of the rise in popularity of films that are shown world-wide. Movies have always been the most popular medium ever since it’s beginning, but of course since there are so many movies out there now, it’s hard to have original ideas that someone hasn’t done yet. That’s probably one of the reasons why there are so many book series to movie adaptations now. Especially since writers have an incredibly imaginative mind and they can supply just about anything that can be made into a successful movie. With all the movies that has been released, the popularity is still increasing and the number of movie adaptations increase with it. But which ones are the most popular? Here are the top 10 popular book series to movie adaptations.
10. The Mortal Instruments
The first on our list is The Mortal Instruments franchise that everybody has been talking about. With the City of Bones as it’s first installment, it seems promising in terms of following the series until the very end. Although it received a lot of mixed reviews, it has still gained success due to the immense popularity of the book series itself. Let’s just hope that it gets better in the future installments that they plan to put out.
9. Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Although not as popular as the books themselves, the film adaptations have steadily gained fans throughout it’s releases. Because of how complex the plot is, and how demanding the fans are I might add, the film adaptations of the immensely popular Percy Jackson book series are not as expected. However, it is still popular nonetheless especially to those who are so dedicated to seeing their favorite characters come to life outside of their books.
8. The Maze Runner
With the first installation, The Maze Runner, a complete success, and the following film The Scorch Trials, received with generally good reviews, the film adaptations seem to be promising among the rest of the film adaptations of other book series. Opening at number one in both movies’ premiers, it has already garnered many fans world-wide. With the dystopian future concept rarely used in film series, they obviously took that opportunity to capture the audience’s interest. And indeed they did.
7. Chronicles of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia books written by C.S. Lewis is one of those popular books that are bound to be adapted into films. With the immense popularity of Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, it was only a matter of time before the Chronicles of Narnia film adaptations happened. Although not as big as the previously mentioned two, it has still made a big impression in the movie industry and is still going strong with it’s 4th installment, The Silver Chair, on it’s way to the big screens.
6. Divergent Trilogy
Another book series that has a dystopian setting is the Divergent trilogy that has since captured many fans. The first installation which was Divergent was a success in the box office earning millions of dollars in total. That alone is already a success in my book despite having mixed reviews. The second installation which was The Divergent Series: Insurgent, didn’t have as much popularity as the first, but it’s popular nonetheless. With two more installments showing in 2016 and 2017 consecutively, it’s already a promising future for the film series.
5. The Hunger Games Trilogy
Next in the list is the ever so popular Hunger Games trilogy that is almost at the level of the big guns such as Twilight and the movie adaptations aren’t even done yet. The unique plot, the lovable characters, and the treacherous villains will make you beg for the next film to come out right after you’ve watched the most recent one. Although there are some alterations from the book, it has still prevailed the harsh critics and is becoming one of the popular film franchises of today.
4. Middle-Earth Universe
With it’s sister book series The Lord of the Rings, the Middle Earth Universe doesn’t fall too far behind it’s successful streak. The Hobbit series has proven itself just as popular as it’s predecessor, with unbelievable effects that will make you jump on your seats. Especially when the dragons come out.
3. Twilight Saga
The first of the big three, the monstrous trio that has captured the hearts of millions of fans world-wide. From the beginning of the books, where everyone was dying to read them because of the supposed vampires in the book, to huge multi-million dollar film productions, clearly the power of imaginations in books are what makes stories what they are. With it’s tremendous success, millions of fans world-wide have even made their own fan-base in support of the characters. Now that’s what we call a successful movie.
2. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
The second of the powerful trio of book series to make successful movies is The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. It’s unbelievable success has reached from three simple books, to multi-million dollar films and even video game adaptations. The world of Middle-Earth, which is also a part of the Middle-Earth Universe but is a separate entity, has been stamped in our hearts as we imagine dwarves, elves and dragons at our doorstep. And how could we forget about the infamous Golem. He alone trumps the rest of the book competitions. Except for maybe one series and that would be the next and final one.
1. Harry Potter
And of course, how can we forget about the series that brought us to the world of witches, wizards, spells, and potions: Harry Potter. If you thought that the books were popular, then the movies are many times more. Although there are a lot of differences between the books and the movies, they still stick to the main plot and is probably one of the most successful book to movie adaptations ever. With it’s immense success, there is no child who doesn’t know the name of Harry Potter.