Book series on the big screen

Translated by Elizabeth Kehagia

Based on the original article by Στέφι Ράσκοβα

As the years go by and the world changes, so does literature. One of those changes is the ever increasing emergence of book series. They are all about overflowing stories that cannot be constrained to one book, rather rage on to multiple sequels which result, most of the time, in trilogies. There are however some book series that range from a two-book to a ten-book series such as ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’. Many people have gotten in touch with a book series or two through the big screen without even being aware of it. Could you be one of them? Let’s find out if you are cineliterate!

Hunger Games

Our list starts with a loud bang that signals the opening for the … Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The story revolves around a young girl named Katniss Everdeen, who sacrifices herself to save her sister. She tries to make it out of the Hunger Games alive, which, as  you have probably guessed, are far from being a game; they are a twisted institution that serves two goals, one being the entertainment of the wealthy in power and the other the subjugation of the weak. This reader favourite premiered in 2012 and falls under the dystopian novel category, or in other words the science fiction fantasy adventure genre. The series, much like the movies, are complete.

Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings

Why put these two together? Well, because the Lord of the Rings is the Hobbit’s sequel! Both masterpieces constitute the crowning gems of fantasy fiction. Their fans amount to thousands around the world hosting events that pay tribute to J. R. R. Tolkien and his work. Even those that have never read his books profess their utter adoration for the movies, whose script has successfully and quite devoutly followed the original. There exist of course parts that were painted under the director’s own light, but the result is so exquisite that anything else fades under its elvish charm. Mythical creatures, Hobbits, Wizards, Elves and Men all unite and fight under a common goal: to vanquish Sauron, evil incarnate, and his monster hordes. Orcs and other malicious beings are lurking in Middle Earth. And all that in search of the One Ring that rules them all

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The girl with the dragon tattoo, The girl who played with fire and The girl who kicked the hornets’ nest constitute the controversial trilogy created by Stieg Larsson. It is a modern detective adventure where a young woman with a rather alternative and complex personality, fights to solve mysteries and take charge of her own life with the assistance of a journalist. If it could be broken down to words these would be intense, dark, action packed, secret ridden, tattoos. There is no match for it on a Saturday night accompanied by popcorn and pizza! The first movie was released in 2011, while the books have received glowing reviews and awards to match. It is the perfect choice for those who are not diehard fans of fantasy.

Harry Potter

Our list wouldn’t have been complete without the story of the Boy Who Lived by the beloved J. K. Rowling. Bookworms around the world can’t get enough of this story, or better yet this unique, literary phenomenon, that transferred 7 books to the big screen and provided the fans with 8 delightful movies! All of you who think that this is a kid’s movie…think again! Especially from the third book and on, Hogwarts becomes more dark, dangerous, mysterious with every passing year, with new threats lurking within its walls. The loss of great heroes, the adventures, the victories and the defeats, all lead to the final Battle of Hogwarts. The result? Stunning, with faces and quotes imprinting themselves in the minds of the reader and the viewer. Actually, they could be imprinted in yours right now. Let’s put it to the test: do you too wait for your letter of admittance to platform 9 ¾ every September? Or is it just me?

A Song of Ice and Fire

Speaking of big screens… This book series, Game of Thrones, was not only aired on the big screen, but also on all shapes and sizes imaginable, from cellphones to giant screens in some of the most popular clubs in the world! George R. R. Martin managed to seduce both bookworms and TV series fans alike, with memes and fanarts bearing witness to the frenzy! GoT dominated the Emmy Awards winning 59 nominations. Not to mention the 372 awards that the series won in total… let alone the 595 nominations! The books are yet to be completed, leaving those that yearn for a different ending than the one provided by D&D for HBO in literary limbo. The TV series premiered in April 2011 with the finale airing in May 2019. As it turned out, 2011 was a milestone for many successful series! Game of Thrones is an epic fantasy drama, but luckily there is no drama in letting go of the TV series, because prequels are in the works.

There you have it! A full list of binge-watching, and why not binge-reading, ideas to try out with or without friends. You can do it even now to glow up your quarantine, or even after all this is over hanging at a friend’s house! All movies listed are M rated, where M stands for marathon nights by the light of the TV or laptop screen with some go to snacks and sodas. Or a glass of good old wine… Cersei approves!

Αν επιθυμείς να διεκδικήσεις υποτροφίες στην Ελλάδα ή το εξωτερικό, ο Οδηγός Υποτροφιών του citycampus που μόλις κυκλοφόρησε σου προσφέρει ό,τι χρειάζεσαι!

Αν επιθυμείς να διεκδικήσεις υποτροφίες στην Ελλάδα ή το εξωτερικό, ο Οδηγός Υποτροφιών του Citycampus που μόλις κυκλοφόρησε σου προσφέρει ό,τι χρειάζεσαι!