Hey binge-watchers! While there are a lot fantasy series out there which you can read or watch, I’m going to review those fantasy book series today which were so phenomenal that they were later adapted into movies or TV shows. While you might think that since the books or the movies are based on the same fantasy drama, there won’t be any significant difference between the two, right? However, that’s not entirely true. While the books are more original and uncensored, the movies can sometimes filter some parts of the series when they adapt it and in some cases it’s actually better that way. So, here is my list of fantasy series (which I’m sure you must’ve heard once at least since they’re so famous):
1. Harry Potter Series
I know if you’re reading this you must’ve anticipated reading this name on this post but why not? This series was every child’s dream and will be the same, forever. In fact, it was this series that helped me gain my interest in books and that’s why it’s so special to me till date. I don’t even need to put into words why this series is so splendid and fantasy in itself is a genre which can make the most boring text come alive. People have always been pushed to believe that there is a world beyond the cruel politics of this planet and this series helps the people believe in another world. However, this world isn’t like any other..it’s magical! It’s a world where wizards and witches fly on broomsticks, have their own sport, own currency, their own magical government. A world where you can make things happen simply by a flick of your wrist. Seriously, if this doesn’t make you read it then how dull can you be?
If you don’t read much I would recommend starting with the Harry Potter series and if you’re an avid reader I would recommend reading the books first and then moving on to the movies as well. Though the books and movies are both equally entertaining and engrossing, I find my opinion slightly lopsided towards the books as they tell you more about the characters, which is great since I just love them!
My rating: 9.7/10
2. Game of Thrones
As you will read or watch this series you’ll constantly find yourself in the grasps of one feeling – apprehension. The unexpectedness of this series is just out of the world. While you think you know what’s going on in the series, the fact remains that you don’t! The series is a perfect blend of love, violence, treachery, betrayal and vengeance. What unites almost all the characters in the series is the mutual desire for power. When Robert Baratheon, ruler of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros dies, an insuppressible greed begins settling in all the lords of the Seven Kingdoms. A greed to rule, a greed to possess the seat on the Iron Throne.
Both the TV show and the books have their pros and cons. While the TV show had reached new heights of success, the last season turned out to be a big disappointment for viewers all across the world. However, this doesn’t mean the ending of the books will be the same as well. The show had drifted away from the storyline of the books by the 6th season and from then on the show was on its own. The author of the series A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin has just finished 5 books out of the anticipated 7 which will complete the series. While the books are better than the series overall, there has been no sign of a 6th book since 9 long years! The author has been procrastinating the book since ages and no one knows when he’ll deliver the next one. I would recommend reading the books and waiting for the other books in the series to be published as there’s no point in watching a show which will shatter your heart later on.
My rating: 9.5/10
3. The Lord of the Rings
One Ring To Rule Them All
This is the one of the most creative works of literature I’ve ever read. J.R.R. Tolkein, whom I really admired, literally managed to create a whole world with a pen! He created a whole continent, places, even his own languages. Characters like Bilbo Baggins, Frodo and Sam just make you forget about the whole world. The author even created a new race – Hobbits. This race is so benevolent and admirable that it just makes you cry. Another thing I really enjoy in the novels is that the author tried to portray with Bilbo that it’s not always necessary to be brave since birth to win a battle, sometimes even the cravens can do the unthinkable. With this series, I find myself in a dilemma. I can’t even think of an answer as both the books and the movies are just phenomenal. I would recommend both the movies and the books.
Set in a medieval world, Frodo finds himself in peril when he inherits a ring from his uncle Bilbo Baggins. It is unbelievable how a ring can possess such power that it makes its bearer crazy. This sequel to The Hobbit is perfect in every sense and a must for all fantasy-heads!
My rating: 9.9/10
4. The Maze Runner Series
When a group of teenagers find themselves find themselves trapped in the center of a maze guarded by gruesome man-eating creatures, they have no idea what to do. These teenagers can’t remember anything from before they entered the maze, as if their life began not as babies, but as teens waking up in the middle of nowhere. They can remember just one thing – their names. When Thomas arrives at the Maze, the residents feel a new surge of hope running through their veins and they try their best to escape. Will they succeed?
While I really admire the concept, I don’t like the storyline. I feel the story was way too rushed and it could’ve been written in a better way. When it comes to this series I have no doubt that the movies are better than the books. While I really enjoyed the first book, I deeply felt that the other books in the series are merely a stretch and even if the series had not been continued and the first book had been left with a cliffhanger, I would’ve been satisfied. But the other books in the series just ruin the success and impressiveness of the first till the point that its success just seems like a fluke. While the movies can be classified as amateur science fiction thrillers, the books were just a disaster and I think this will be the be the first time I’m saying this but I can’t help it – PLEASE DON’T READ THE BOOKS!
My rating: 5.2/10
5. The Mortal Instruments
I don’t know why I’ve put this series in my list. It’s just that I’ve heard so much about it and it’s so famous that I want to read or watch it as soon as possible. If anyone has any suggestions about whether i should watch the movies or read the books first or anything to say about this series at all, then don’t feel shy to comment down below.
With this my fantasy review comes to an end. Stay tuned for more updates and book reviews next week. Stay Safe.
P.S. I hate Percy Jackson and it is never making this list!!!
P.P.S. I know I should’ve added Hunger Games to this list but I’ve got something else waiting for the Hunger Games fans.