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Our Top Book Series: Bondage, Vampires and Wizards Make The List

By Tiffany Lorincz, Class of 2013 and Wendy Varela, Class of 2014 — 

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1) Fifty Shades of Grey-An erotic novel called “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E. L. James became one of the biggest trilogy followings this year. The other two books in the trilogy are “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed”. The “Fifty Shades of Grey” series has sold more than 60 million copies worldwide. The series is about a college graduate named Anastasia Steele, and a wealthy business man named Christian Grey who start a steamy sexual relationship. Throughout this trilogy the deep and passionate bond between Anastasia and Christian is made very clear by the sexual content  in the books. Earlier in 2012 it was announced that there was interest in making the series into a film with talk of Ryan Gosling playing Christian Grey. Although, this book series got many mixed reviews I have talked to so many people who enjoyed reading the books. I believe this book series was one of the best book series that a wide range of woman can relate to from college girls to stay-at-home moms.
2) The Hunger Games– In 2008, the novel “The Hunger Games” was written by Suzanna Collins. The book is in the voice of 16-year old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in post-apocalyptic nation of Panem, where the only countries of North America exist. The Hunger Games is where children the ages of 12-18 are picked randomly to go through these battles that are being televised. This book was named by Publishers Weekly “Best Books of the Year” in 2008. This novel is the first in “The Hunger Game” trilogy followed by “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay”. In 2008 “The Hunger Games” was entered on The New York Times best-selling list. I believe the plot in this book presented suspense and romance which are key now in the industry to keep a young readers attention. A filmed was released in 2012 directed by Gary Ross and co-produced by Collins. The opening weekend the movie brought in $152.5 million in the United States. The sequel is due to be released in 2013.

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3) The Harry Potter Series– A true tale of adventure that follows the wondrous life of a legend in the wizard world, Harry Potter. The series takes the reader from Harry Potter’s not so glamorous life in our world into the alternate realm of witchcraft & wizardry where he is fawned over like the Dalai Lama! Harry Potter’s story makes our best book series list because of the high level of alternate reality that immediately pulls readers in. The infatuation went as far as Disney dedicating a section of their theme park to a Harry Potter land in Orlando, FL. Young or old, rich or poor, black or white; doesn’t matter which there’s an element of fantasy that all readers can relate to in the series.
4) The Twilight Saga– From beginning to end, hopeless romantics were hooked on this evolving love story (pun intended). The Twilight saga follows the story of a young high school-er Bella, and her love entanglement with a dreamy vampire. Throughout the series, we see Bella grow from a homely girl to the mother of a rare type of creature. Emotive from start to finish, this book had many obsessed with the love between vampire and human. With so many good characters, readers developed favorites and popularized the popular term of “team” before a favorite or belief of any kind, i.e. Team Edward. This series definitely belongs on the list because of its impact on the readers and how passionate they were and still are about these fictional creatures. Filled with beings the normal person is scared of, this book left many with the yearning to be supernatural.

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One comment on “Our Top Book Series: Bondage, Vampires and Wizards Make The List

  1. collecty
    December 11, 2012

    Reblogged this on Collecty.net.

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