While the whole world hasn’t yet read the Harry Potter books, we’ve all at least heard of the series. And if you haven’t yet read the books… well, that’s something else entirely.
The seven books of J. K. Rowling‘s magical world owned the top of Amazon’s best seller’s list for quite some time, where we expected it to stay.
It comes as quite a surprise that Suzanne Collins‘ trilogy, The Hunger Games, has actually overtaken our boy wizard in sales – through Amazon, at least. To do what Rowling managed to do over the course of seven books in only three books and roughly four years is quite astonishing.
Amazon Editorial Director Sara Nelson told The Wall Street Journal:
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.
I knew The Hunger Games was popular, but I had no idea it was that popular. It certainly hasn’t received the kind of international acclaim Harry Potter has as of yet, and we must remember that Amazon’s numbers are representative of a select market. Rowling only recently allowed the sale of e-books through Pottermore, and even more recently allowing Amazon to include her series in its lending library.
In any case, it’s a huge accomplishment for Collins and we can probably expect her readership to increase over time. I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to reading them, myself, but I’ll watch the movies.
May the odds be ever in your favor, indeed.