The following post is a bit too long but sorry guys I could not help it if I wanted to put in every detail. Bear with me…:)
- Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling became one of the most celebrated authors by gifting the world this awesome story with magical characters. This series was originally targeted towards children but its magic engulfed the whole world. Harry Potter series because of its phenomenal success got printed in 67 languages and it sold more than 400 million copies worldwide and still continues to sell. This series consists of 7 books:
The first book ‘Harry Potter and the philosopher stone’ describes 11 year old Harry’s (an orphan who stays with his unkind relatives) journey from the muggle (that is the word for non magical people like us!) world to the magical world of wizards, witches and all sorts of magical creatures and the adventures of his 1st year the legendary wizard school Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where Harry gets admission.
The second book ‘Harry Potter and the Camber of Secrets’ describes Harry Potter’s 2nd year at Hogwarts and the same time reveals bits of secrets of Lord Voldemort who is Harry’s parents murderer.
The 3rd book ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ describes Harry’s 3rd year at school and Harry gets to know he has a godfather.
The 4th book ‘Harry Potter and the goblet of Fire’ is just awesome, one of my personal favorites in the series. Triwizard tournament (the inter-school magic tournament) takes place in Hogwarts where Harry gets mysteriously selected despite being underage. Lord Voldemort returns to his full power again.
The 5th book ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ is darker, Harry Potter is grown up now. Lord Voldemort and his followers (the death eaters) are back to terrorizing the magical crowd. Harry’s godfather Sirius Black gets killed by a death eater. Harry is furious and wants revenge.
The 6th book ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ gets even darker, Harry’s headmaster Professor Dumbledore tells Harry as much about Lord Voldemort as he can so that Harry is ready for the day when he has to face Lord Voldemort. But Professor Dumbledore gets killed.
The 7th book ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ is the final book. Harry with the help of his friends finally learns all the secrets about Lord Voldemort and finally faces him. In good versus evil, the good finally wins, finally happy ending.
I am sure you guys (gals too) would love every page of every book in the series. The language used by the author is simple and very easily understandable. This series is a collector’s item; these are kind of books you would love to pass on to your kids!! 😉 Movies of the first six books are out and have been top grosser. But I say books are always better than the movies.
- The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
With the release of the movie Twilight (based on the first book of The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer) at the end of 2008, this series became even more popular. Twilight became a top grossing movie. This year it was released in India too. This series sold 85 million copies world wide and is published in 37 languages.
This series consist of 4 books and are targeted toward young adults. This series belong to fantasy-romance genre. This describes the story of a human girl and a vampire guy who falls in love with each other and the complications that comes with it.
All the books are written from the perspective of the lead female protagonist Bella Swan, who is a shy, mature, kind and an unconventional girl.
In the 1st book ‘Twilight’ Bella comes to Forks in Washington to stay with her dad. She doesn’t like being in Forks but since she wants to give her mom who has recently remarried some space, tries to adjust to the boring life of Forks. In high school she gets attracted to this exquisitely handsome, mysterious, strange, perfect guy named Edward Cullen. But Edward Cullen and his family are vampires living in Forks in disguise as humans as they are not like other human blood sucking vampires. Cullen family is special, Edward can read minds (though not Bella’s), Alice (Edward’s sister) can see the future. But with the entry of Bella in the Forks high school Edward realizes he craves Bella blood more than anything. With much effort he distances himself from her but develops strange feelings for her and misses her. Despite wanting to kill her Edward falls for Bella and could not stay him anymore from her and eventually realizes that she has the same loving feelings for him. What develops between them is true eternal fairy tale quality of love. Stephenie Meyer does a very good Job of portraying this true love between Bella and Edward. Now complications follow-a blood crazy vampire named James wants to kill Bella and almost succeeds if not because of Edward.
In the 2nd book ‘New Moon’ Edward Cullen leaves Bella Swan due to a very unfortunate incident. Bella is heart broken. She finds comfort in Jacob Black (who is the son of Bella’s dad’s friend Billy Black) who becomes her best friend. Jacob has feelings for Bella. Bella eventually comes to know that Jacob is a werewolf. Werewolves and vampires have been enemies for ever. Alice (Edward’s sister) sees Bella committing suicide but when she comes to check, she finds Bella is okay and alive. Some misunderstanding follows and Edward believes Bella is dead and goes to the Volturi (an Italian vampire royal family which maintains law and order in the vampire community) to ask to be dead. Bella accompanies Alice to Italy to save Edward.
In the 3rd book ‘Eclipse’ Edward is back in Bella’s life. Jacob Black is pissed by this. Victoria (James’s mate) is persistent on killing Bella to avenge James’s death in the hands of Edward. She creates an army of new born vampires and sets them after Bella. The Cullens and the werewolves despite having differences unite to save Bella and Forks from this attack. Everything is brought in control. Bella and Edward gets engaged as Edward promises to change Bella into a vampire if she agrees to marry him. Jacob is deeply hurt.
In the 4th and final book ‘Breaking Dawn’ Bella and Edward gets married, Bella gets pregnant and gives birth to a girl named Renesmee and almost gets killed in the process. Edward changes her to vampire as an attempt to save her. Bella becomes a talented vampire who has the power portray as a shield. Renesmee is misunderstood as an immortal child whose existence is banned by Volturi. So the Cullens gather witnesses to prove it to the Volturi that Renesmee is not an immortal child. Finally they are able to elude the Volturi. Everything is set right for Bella and Edward and so happy ending.
Movie based on the 2nd book ‘New Moon’ is recently out. The language used by author is beautiful and very dreamy. Since all the books are written on Bella’s perspective, one would feel as if Bella is speaking the words and thinking the thoughts. Girls would love this series as Edward Cullen is the kind of man every girl desires in her life. This series is like a fairytale.
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy novel written by philologist and Oxford university professor J.R.R. Tolkien in 1954. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien’s earlier novel The Hobbit written in 1937 but developed into a much larger work. The Lord of the Rings is a definite classic and the daddy of all fantasy genre books. After reading this series I felt that a lot of fantasy genre books have been inspired by The Lord of the Rings. Well that’s what I felt. The Lord of the Rings series consists of 3 books:
The 1st book ‘The fellowship of the ring’ consists of two parts, in the first part hobbit Frodo Baggins gets a ring from his Grandfather Bilbo Baggins which contains magical powers. According to legends Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him the Rings of Power-the means by which he will be able to rule the world. All he lacks is his plan for dominion is the Ruling Ring, which has long back fallen into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins. As the ring is entrusted to his care Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task of taking the ring to the Cracks of Doom to dispose it. He lives his home with three of his hobbit friends. But they have some misadventures and Frodo is wounded. In the second part Frodo is healed by the elves and a council is held which decides that a fellowship of nine companions is made who represented all the free races of the Middle Earth (that is the world where all these exotic races live). The fellowship is the protector of the ring carried by Frodo. The ring proves to be too evil and was setting to work within the fellowship itself which leads to a member of the fellowship to attack Frodo. Frodo then decides to continue his journey alone but his closest hobbit friend Sam insists on accompanying him.
The 2nd book ‘The Two Towers’ consists of two parts too, in the first part the rest of the fellowship continues to fight evil forces of the Dark Lord. In the second part Frodo and Sam continues their journey to Mount Doom. They realizes they are being followed by Gollum a creature who has lost his saneness in the quest of this One Ring carried by Frodo as long back this ring was once his. Frodo and Sam capture Gollum. Gollum leads them through secret ways. But Gollum is untrustworthy and wants to retrieve the Ring from Frodo. Gollum leads them to a giant spider’s lair which bites Frodo and he becomes unconscious and his body captured by Orcs (creatures which are Sauron’s slaves). Sam escapes all this but wants to free Frodo.
The 3rd book ‘The Return of the King’ consists of two parts too, in the first part, the remaining fellowship gathers other forces to fight the evil forces. With all their gathered forces they attack the Black Gate (entrance of Mordor-Sauron’s evil kingdom) to provide a distraction so that Frodo and Sam may have a chance of reaching Mount Doom and destroying the One Ring. In the Second part Sam rescues Frodo and they succeed in reaching the Crack of Doom. As Frodo was about to dispose of the Ring, he succumbs to its powers and refuses to let go of the evil Ring. Just then Gollum attacks Frodo has bites off his finger along with the Ring, but in this confusion Gollum loses his balance and falls into the Crack of Doom. With the destruction of the Ring, Middle Earth gets freed from Sauron’s powers and peace returns. A new fair king is crowned and the hobbits are honored. They return home.
Movies based on all the three parts have been made and they have done justice to the books. The Lord of the Rings is written in an old kind of English which is bit difficult to understand but the series is absolutely worth reading. Sunday Times very correctly commented on the series-‘The English speaking world is divided into those who have read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and those who are going to read them’.