It never fails – once you get sucked into another book trilogy, you wait ever-so patiently for it to be turned into the next big film franchise, topping the box offices while reliving our favorite page-turning moments on the big screen. The latest of this trend is the upcoming book-turned-movie Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, starring Lily Collins.
Following New York City teenager Clary Fray (Lily) as she discovers her long family history of Shadowhunters, she joins forces for this half-angel group to rescue her mother from a dangerous demon. The whole plot has “Box Office Gold” written all over it.
Mortal Instruments joins the long list of book trilogies that have turned into major movie franchises and we’re ranking our top five from the past years!
5. The Chronicles of Narnia
Number of Books & Movies: 7 books, 3 movies
Years of Release: 2005, 2008, 2010
Breakout Stars: William Moseley, Anna Popplewell
Why We Love This Series: Bringing one of our most beloved childhood book series to life -- do we really need to explain more?
4. The Twilight Saga
Number of Books & Movies: 4 books, 5 movies
Years of Release: 2008 - 2012
Why We Love This Series: Giving us a twist on a regular love story, we have to admit it -- we wish we had our own Edward Cullen in our lives. And then taking it to the big screen and giving us Rob and Taylor to swoon over is one of the many reasons why this franchise made box office history!
3. The Hunger Games
Number of Books & Movies: 3 books, expected to be 4 movies
Years of Release: 2012, 2014, 2015
Why We Love This Series: This series is unlike any other -- teenagers fighting to the death for their home districts. It gives us action, has a kick butt heroine in Katniss Everdeen and the epic love triangle. Plus, we did get J-Law out of it!
2. The Lord of the Rings
Number of Books & Movies: 3 total
Years of Release: 2001 - 2003
Why We Love This Series: Besides the fact that seeing the visuals we painted in our heads couldn't even come close to how it looked on the big screen, this is one of the most beloved book and movie series ever. Plus, director Peter Jackson took eight years to film all three movies simultaneously!
1. Harry Potter
Number of Books & Movies: 7 books, 8 movies
Years of Release: 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011
Why We Love This Series: Ah, Harry Potter. The movie that made every kid aspire to go to wizard school at Hogwarts instead of boring old muggle elementary school. The adventures that J.K Rowling takes us on for seven books, and the money we all spent to get our tickets to see the midnight showing for each of the eight movies proves why this series deserves the number one spot. Anyone up for a game of quidditch?
Which book-turned-movie franchise is your favorite?