On the plane ride back from Orlando, I caught the headline at the bottom of CNN that read how The Hunger Games series has topped Harry Potter as Amazon’s top-selling books of all time.
When I read a headline like that, my immediate reaction is the dreadful “Does that mean Harry Potter isn’t as popular anymore?” But after thinking about it, I’ve come to the conclusion that The Hunger Games series wouldn’t be as popular as it is without the success of Harry Potter. Neither would The Mortal Instruments series, the Twilight series, fill-in-the-blank with another chart-topping bestselling Children’s/YA book series.
Let’s face it: Harry Potter paved the way for the success of future Children’s/YA series. When Harry Potter was first published, many didn’t think it would sell as well it did because it is a children’s book. Seven books, eight movies, and an entire section of Islands of Adventure later, Harry Potter has made people pay attention and rethink the notion that just because a book is categorized for younger readers then it won’t draw in a large audience.
If you Google books/book series that are set to be made into movies, or are already movies, you’ll find a number are based off of ones that fall into either Children’s or Young Adult category. I don’t think there would be as many without Harry Potter. The Boy Who Lived has allowed other series to live successfully as well.