When I think of awesome and successful book series a few names come to mind.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians
- The Hunger Games
- The Divergent Series
- Lord of the Rings
- The Chronicles of Narnia
- The Mortal Instruments Series
- The Harry Potter Series
- And the Lunar Chronicles.
- Independent, unique main characters and side characters. They have diverse backstories, opinions and personalities that sometimes clash. Each character has their own goals, desires and wants that can sometimes work against the protagonist.
- Well thought out plots with twists and turns that are wholly character driven. The authors did a lot of world building and character building to make the plots have depth and in each book the plot tests the protagonist over and over again, pushing them to their limits.
- Most of them have clear cut villains. Well done villains but still most them have face for their antagonist. The Lunar Chronicles has Levana, Percy Jackson has Kronos, and The Hunger Games as President Snow. The villains also don't idly stand by while the protagonist wins all the glory or tries to take them down. Levana, Kronos and President Snow all get their hands dirty even in round about ways to try to defeat the protagonist.
- And then there's the writing. Personally I don't think Divergent or The Mortal Instruments are well written but I would say that the rest of them are even though there have been readers that said Twilight or Eragon was horribly written. Everyone has a different opinion but either way the writing in each of these books is at least half way decent if not brilliant. All the writers of these books were one hundred percent invested in their work and put their best foot forward.
What do you think? What makes a good and widely popular book so popular?