Wizardry & magical adventures
Harry Potter has been one of the most talked about characters since the release of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in 2001.
Author, J.K. Rowling, developed the book series that followed a young boy and his adventures while at wizardry school. Potter and his friends fought to save their magical world and school.
The book series enticed a generation of young people to dive into books with more than 520 pages.
The movie version of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” gained more than $317.5 million in the box office. The last movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II,” received almost $381 million, making it the 12 highest United States box office of all-time.
The movie and book sale success has led to the creation of the Harry Potter theme park in Florida and the United Kingdom.
Fans from around the world have identified themselves with certain houses and created their own adventures based on the book series.
Pottermore, an interactive website, has become the newest craze since the movies wrapped up. The interactive site allows users to go through the stories with access to new content.
At first, the site was only open to the million beta testers; however, the site is now officially open for anyone to sign up for free.
Once on the site, people are put into houses as they compete with one another to see which house is the best.
E-books of the title are also becoming more popular because people are able to purchase the series in English, German, Spanish, Italian and French.
Love triangles between mortals and immortals
Glittery, shirtless vampires, werewolves and romance are all associated with the popular “Twilight Saga.”
The book saga by Stephanie Meyer chronicles a love triangle between the main character Bella, her werewolf best friend, and her vampire love interest.
The movies showed success in the box office, with the first movie raising more than $191 million and the latest film, “Breaking Dawn, Part I,” raising more than $281 million.
Cast members from the films gained instant popularity upon the release of the first film.
The books rose to the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list. Many people started to follow the romance and adventures in the saga.
“I’m not really sure how to describe [‘Twilight’] other than it’s
extremely dramatic to the point of wanting to know what’s going to happen next,” freshman Jessica Newton said.
In November, “Breaking Dawn, Part II” is expected to do well to conclude the saga.
There are multiple views on the quality of the series. On one side, people are instantly drawn into the suspenseful romance. Others find the content to be cheesy.
Those who are not satisfied with the content that Meyer provides have used fan fiction to put in details from their own imaginations.
“50 Shades of Grey” by E.L. James is one of the most popular fan fictions created and there are rumors of it being made into a movie.
Suspenseful adventure with romantic twist
The latest movie-book trend, “The Hunger Games” trilogy, has become the obsession of many teens and young adults.
Author Suzanne Collins tells the story of Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers to enter the competition between her countryís 12 districts, where 24 children (two from each district) must kill each other until there is only one victor.
“There’s just so many turns that the story makes, whereas ‘Twilight’ is kind of predictable,” sophomore Alex Gieber said.
The trilogy keeps readers at the edge of their seats with its descriptive and suspenseful plot line.
Controversy has sparked about the content of the novel and some people are trying to get “The Hunger Games” added to the banned books list.
Even though the movie was recently released, it has grossed about $500 million worldwide.
Archery has become a more popular activity because of the trilogy. Clubs across the country have risen in numbers because of the release of the film.
Romance is another feature within the story as fans are starting to pick teams-Team Peeta and Team Gale.
This franchise is following the steps of the other book-movie releases and challenging its competitors in the box office.
Ivanna Tucker/Features editor
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