Many young adult books are adapted into movies and television shows for a reason. Some of the book series on this list have been very successful in other mediums, while others have not. However, a book is a very different experience, even if you have seen their adaptations. Discover the original story and read these young adult book series you must experience in your lifetime.
Before Netflix breathes new life into the renowned series, delve deep into the entire story of Narnia. The Chronicles of Narnia is one of the most beloved book series of all time, selling over 100 million copies worldwide. Narnia tells the story of children exploring a parallel world and battling forces of evil.
Another incredibly popular book series that spawned a successful film series. Unlike the films, The Hunger Games book trilogy presents a first-person experience through Katniss as she becomes a symbol of a rebellion and battles a ruthless government.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a book series many want to see adapted again after two disappointing films. The series consists of five novels and other related series set in the same universe. The series tells the story of Percy Jackson and his friends, who fight various mythic creatures and gods to save the world.
Netflix recently concluded the television series, but Lemony Snicket’s books are self-aware enough to be enjoyed as well. A Series of Unfortunate Events is about the Baudelaire orphans, who go on a dark and twisted journey, charting the mystery of their parent’s death—while escaping the treacherous Count Olaf.
Cassandra Clare’s novels span six books and launched a universe full of prequels, sequels, and offshoots. Clary Fray is the main character of The Mortal Instruments, who discovers she is a Shadowhunter—humans with angel blood who protect the mundane from demons and other dark creatures. The series features plenty of awesome twists and turns along the lines of Harry Potter and Star Wars, making it a must-read.
The first book in the trilogy was published in 2007 by Veronica Roth, who worked on the novel in college. The book series is often compared to The Hunger Games because of its post-apocalyptic setting. However, the Divergent world is made up of factions based off personalities in a dystopian Chicago. Tris goes on a lengthy journey, challenging herself while discovering the truth behind the dystopian world’s society.
No young adult book series list would be complete without J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. The series needs no introduction and has become a cultural phenomenon. Nonetheless, if you have only experienced the films, the books are still a must-read, especially as the series gets longer. The books are more fleshed out than the films for obvious reasons. J.K. Rowling’s books features characters, side plots, and backstories that will expand the Harry Potter mythos in a significant way for fans of the films.