The power J.K. Rowling’s troubled boy wizard had over the literary world is apparently starting to weaken. According to Market Watch, The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy has officially knocked the magic-wielding superstar from his throne, making it the online retailer’s best-selling series of all time. In case you were wondering, this includes both print and Kindle editions of the novels.
In a separate victory, the adventures of Katniss Everdeen are also the most borrowed tales from the Kindle library. The books, as well as Rowling’ Harry Potter series, are currently available only to Amazon Prime members.
“Interestingly, this series is only three books versus Harry Potter’s seven, and to achieve this result in just four years is a great testament to both the popularity of the work and, we think, the growth in reading digitally during that time,” Sara Nelson, Editorial Director for Amazon, explained.
“Customers love these books and all three titles are consistently on our Top 10 lists in both print and Kindle formats,” she added.
This, of course, is music to Lionsgate’s ears, as the company has invested plenty of money in the cinematic adaptations of Collins’ epic trilogy. As more people discover the books, many will naturally progress to the movies, which means more money for the studio and its investors. The Hunger Games Blu-ray and DVD presently hold the top two positions on Amazon’s bestseller list.
The second book in the series, Catching Fire, should arrive in cinemas sometime next year. According to Internet Movie Database (IMDB), the flick is currently scheduled for release on November 22, 2013, which is just in time for the holiday season. In addition to the returning cast, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will feature Jena Malone, Amanda Plummer, and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee.
Between The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, which series do you prefer?