By Kaitlan Tatro
With the emergence of digital eBooks, people seem to be scared that books are “dying” and so is the act of reading. Many articles have come out arguing the case, that fewer teenagers are reading per year and that eventually books will no longer exist. But books in my opinion, will always exist. Especially, when the popularity of book series has grown immensely.
Young Adult fiction novels have changed and morphed in the past couple of decades to include a large range of book series, like Twilight, The Divergent Series, The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, and many more. These book series are causing a permanence in both the literature and pop culture world.
Books like the Harry Potter series set the groundwork for many other book series to become a pop culture craze. They extended books to the silver screen, infiltrated stores with merchandise, and created a world where the reader felt like they belonged.
Series like Harry Potter are so popular because the characters become tremendously important to the reader. The readers feel like they need to read the next book because they have to find out what is going to happen to their favorite character. They want to know who that character will become, who they fall in love with, and most of all, they want to see how the stories end. The ending may be bittersweet, but we were happy to have shared the memories alongside the characters.
In the past five years, series have thrived. Series such as Twilight, Divergent, and The Hunger Games have all been best selling books and box office hits. Jodi Reamer, a senior book agent at Writers House agrees that “’These books already have great source material and a die-hard fan base’. She says a novel’s built-in audience means YA adaptations are a shoo-in for studios.” The books and the movies, end up forming a perfect relationship.
“When a great book finds a new life on the big screen, it drives people who have never discovered them from movies to the books.” – Ellie Berger, president of Trade Publishing at Scholastic
Young adults and readers of Young Adult fiction thrive on good plots and great characters. We want to see characters grow and overcome obstacles. We want to fall in love with the romantic interest, we want to enter a world of magic, and above all else we want to see the characters come to life. Whether that’s in our heads or on the silver screen.
Book series will continue to grow and thrive because we love them so much and demand to keep them around!