50 Million Shades Bestselling Book Series of All Time: ‘Narnia’ to ‘50 Shades’ (PHOTOS)
The ‘Fifty Shades’ erotic trilogy has just topped 10 million copies sold in the U.S., but how does it compare to ‘Harry Potter’? From ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ to ‘Twilight,’ some of the most popular book series of all time.
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trilogy is about to sell over 20 million copies in the U.S., and the explosive demand shows no sign of slowing down. How does it stack up against other bestselling book series of all time? It’s notoriously tough to track total sales over the years, and older titles in the public domain can be sold by many publishers. Keep in mind we’re not counting single books here, and reference books with installments every year—the Fifty Shades' Guinness Book of World Records or the World Almanac, for example—are a different game. But here are some of the most popular book series of all time. ‘Harry Potter’
By J.K. Rowling
Rowling’s seventh and final volume,
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, became the fastest-selling book in history, with more than 11 million copies sold during the first 24 hours alone. ‘Goosebumps’
By R.L. Stine
This series of children’s horror fiction, released through Scholastic, sold millions of copies a week. With 62 books published from 1992 to 1997,
the cash piled up. And that’s the way many other book series get on the bestselling list: the Perry Mason books have 82 installments and have sold 300 million copies; Berenstain Bears number more than 300, at 260 million sold; (400, 250 million); Sweet Valley High Nancy Drew (175, 200 million); the nonfiction self-help series Chicken Soup for the Soul (105, 130 million). ‘Peter Rabbit’
By Beatrix Potter
First he ate some lettuces and some French beans; and then he could eat whatever he wants, because he would never go hungry again, with
150 million copies sold of these six illustrated children’s books, published between 1902 and 1912. ‘Lord of the Rings’ ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ ‘Twilight’
By Stephenie Meyer
The young-adult vampire saga has
sold quickly, but its staying power is questionable. People will read Tolkien and Lewis for ages, but will future generations stick with Bella? ‘Little House on the Prairie’
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
eight books by Wilder, published before her death in 1957. But four more were published posthumously, with the latest in 2006. ‘Millennium Trilogy’ ‘The Hunger Games’
By Suzanne Collins
The dystopian trilogy has
already outsold its closest forebears, the more finely written His Dark Materials books by Philip Pullman, which has sold 15 million copies.
‘A Song of Ice and Fire’
By George R.R. Martin
How about a series that’s not even concluded yet? No one knows when Martin will finish his game of thrones, but sales are guaranteed to be
strong and steady for many years. ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’
By E.L. James
Holy cow! “The sales velocity for
Fifty Shades of Grey is unprecedented, with reader demand still growing,” Vintage Books said in a press release this week. It’s only been six weeks that the publishing house took on the previously self-published e-book. For the naughtiest bits, you don’t have to buy anything—read it here!
Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades Darker
Fifty Shades Freed