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Top 10 Novel Series in Book Sales Ever

By Tram Anh Apr 2, 2024

10. Noddy

To those who are unaware, Noddy is a wooden toy. Noddy, a woodcarver in a toy business, ran away and was saved by Big Ears, a brownie. He drives his car like a taxi, saves other toys, and interacts with characters like Tessie Bear and Bumpy Dog on his travels in Toyland. Goblins are something Noddy has to be careful of, however Big Ears usually scares them away when they cause him problems. Wizards can also be defeated by Big Ears.

As one might assume, the first book in the series was published in 1949 and was intended for young readers. The author of the piece is Enid Blyton, an English children’s book author whose works have sold over 600 million copies globally. One of her most well-known series in the 1950s was Noddy, which had its last book, Noddy and the Aeroplane, published in 1963.

Noddy and his buddies have been adapted into cinema, television, and stage, in addition to live theater plays. With over 200 million books sold since 1949, the 24 volumes in the original Noddy series are still selling well enough to be ranked as the ninth best-selling book series of all time by World Atlas.

9. The Mysteries of Nancy Drew

Carolyn Keene wrote all of the Nancy Drew books, based on the covers and title pages. A group of ghostwriters that wrote books for the Stratemeyer Syndicate went by the alias Carolyn Keene. In addition, the Syndicate wrote other young adult novel series, such as the Bobbsey Twins, Tom Swift, and the Hardy Boys, to mention a few.

In 1930, Nancy Drew made her public debut. Nancy, an adolescent self-taught investigator, resembles a number of the primary characters in Stratemeyer novels. Having lost her mother before the start of the series, she is an excellent housewife for her lawyer father. She is a skilled car and boat driver, a gifted dancer, fluent in French, well-off, and yet manages to maintain a modest and reserved demeanor. The early volumes in the Stratemeyer series were revised, starting in the late 1950s, to take into account shifting consumer tastes, just like other Stratemeyer series.

Several spinoffs of the original Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, such as crossovers with the Hardy Boys and others that starred a more adult Nancy, continued after the show’s 2003 conclusion. She has starred in films and television shows, and her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. There are 175 books in the original series. She has also made appearances in video games, comic comics, and graphic novels. The first book in the series, The Secret of the Old Clock, is among the many original works that are still in high demand.

8. The Train Series

Written between 1945 and 2011, The Railway Series consists of 42 books that introduce Thomas the Tank Engine and his numerous companions on the made-up island of Sodor. Reverend Wilbert Awdry created the series and its characters in his imagination. He wrote the volumes till 1972. After he retired at that point, his son Christopher Awdry started releasing the last 16 novels in the series ten years later. “The End” marks the conclusion of the series’ last book, Thomas and his Friends.

The Awdry family, who were both railway lovers, utilized the series to illustrate issues with British railways following World War II and their subsequent modernisation. The books were initially released in a child-friendly style and included fully colored images, which was an uncommon cost for postwar British publishers. Over the years, Thomas and his numerous companions were drawn by a number of different illustrators, and the full-color graphics surely contributed to the series’ appeal.

Thomas the Tank Engine and his pals had established themselves as a media franchise by the time of the series’ last book. Thomas and his many pals can be found in games, toys, and electric toy train sets.Shining Time Station, a television offshoot of Thomas and Friends, had Ringo Starr as its narrator for a while. Comedian George Carlin also done so. The Railway Series is currently the sixth best-selling book series worldwide, demonstrating its enduring popularity.

7. Antonio

The fact that few of the San-Antonio series’ volumes are accessible in English, which reduces their appeal in North America, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, is what makes it so astonishing that the series ranks so highly in terms of total sales. The novels follow the exploits of Antoine San-Antonio, a police commissioner by day who is drawn into James Bond-style escapades but without the exotic locations and cool gadgets that come with the job.

Author Frederic Dard penned 175 San Antonio tales in total. Although several have been translated from French into Spanish, Italian, and Russian, there are fewer than a dozen that are available in English. Dard was known to have used at least 17 pen identities, and San-Antonio was also the pen name for the novels in which he appeared as a character. In his career, he authored approximately 250–300 volumes.

It is estimated that the San-Antonio series has sold more than 200 million copies in France alone, with sales in other French-speaking nations contributing to that figure on a yearly basis. It is the ninth best-selling book series worldwide, despite being almost unknown in the US and mostly disregarded in the UK. Which begs the question of how many copies of its several publications might sell each year if English translations were to be released.

6. Robert Langdon

The role played by Dan Brown debuted in the 2000 film Angels & Demons. At Harvard University, a fake professor named Langdon teaches a fictional course called symbology. In the series’ volumes, Langdon delves into conspiracy theories and hidden agendas inside the Vatican, Freemasonry, the Illuminati, the Knights Templar, and other enigmatic groups.

Although Dan Brown has authored additional books without Robert Langdon, the character has only made five appearances in books to far. Every work written by Langdon has caused controversy. Mostly from evangelical conservative circles, they have been branded as blasphemous, anti-Catholic, anti-Christian, and worse. Among the debates sparked by the show is the idea that Jesus Christ was once married.

The five-book series has become the sixth best-selling in the world in just over 20 years, despite, or maybe even partly because of, the issues surrounding the novels. Tom Hanks starred in four of the novel adaptations that were made into movies, and another was turned into a television series. Dan Brown did not explicitly state he was giving up on his best-selling character when he said in 2017 that he was taking a vacation from the Robert Langdon persona.

5. High in Sweet Valley

The twin twins Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield were first created by writer Francine Pascal in 1983. Throughout the next 20 years, the girls continued to attend Sweet Valley High School and were featured in 181 novels. The sisters deal with problems faced by suburban high school students from their fictional home in Sweet Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles. Numerous spinoffs and continuation series were created by the show; almost all of them were ghostwritten under Pascal’s pseudonym.

The girls and their numerous pals engage on several adventures, such as treasure hunts and running into weird mysteries, in addition to dealing with the typical teenage problems of dating, meeting new people, appearance, and so on. Jessica is charged with cheating on her SAT tests in one book. The sisters intern in London, England, in another. In a second instance, Elizabeth faces manslaughter charges following a car accident that claims the life of a friend.

The twins are at odds with one another throughout the series, get back together, and then fall out again. The television adaptation of the series aired for four seasons, primarily in syndication, starting in 1994.There’s another series in the works. Sweet Water High is the fifth best-selling book series globally, with approximately 300 million copies of its several novels and spinoffs sold, while being largely ignored by critics.

4. The Bears of Berenstain

In 1962’s The Big Honey Hunt, husband and wife team Stan and Jan Berenstain unveiled the anthropomorphic grizzlies they called the Berenstain Bears. It is now a media franchise with toys, books, games, television shows, and books after 60 years. Following Stan Berenstain’s death in 2005, his son Mike assumed leadership and helped his mother until her passing in 2012. Mike Berenstain carried on writing books after her passing.

Mama and Papa Berenstain use the challenges that the bear family faces—problems that are common to most families, especially when it comes to the kids—as educational opportunities for their charges. Some critics feel that the stories are overly sentimental and overly sweet. One article in Salon by Kathryn Olney makes the observation that Papa Bear frequently “…has to learn the lesson at hand as badly as the kids do.” In 2015, a thriving online discussion arose around the Berenstain Bears’ supposed proof of a parallel universe.

Whether you like them or not, Berenstain Bears is a huge brand with over 150 franchised items, television shows, and books. Over two dozen languages have seen the translation of more than 300 works into print. Every new generation of kids finds the bears interesting, and parents go to them for bedtime reading, so the series doesn’t seem to be slowing down. As of 2022, only three book series had sold more than the Berenstain Bears series.

3. The Mason Perry

Erle Stanley Gardner’s novel The Case of the Velvet Claws featured Perry Mason for the first time in 1933. The author had more than 20 years of experience in the courtroom as a practicing attorney. In the end, the series comprised 82 novels, the latter two of which were finished by Gardner prior to his passing and released in 1972 after his death. In addition, there were four short stories. Eventually, the criminal justice system and its operations were explained to Americans through the Perry Mason persona.

From that germ, Raymond Burr’s Perry Mason character developed into 270 television episodes, thirty television films, a second series with Monte Markham in the lead role, and a third series that premiered in 2020. When Gardner’s Perry Mason novels were first published by the American Bar Association in 2015 under their Ankerwycke brand, several of the volumes in the series had been out of print for decades.

The Perry Mason series is the third best-selling book series worldwide, having sold well over 300 million copies, despite going out of print for years—in some cases, decades. Given the character’s ongoing appeal, book sales are certain to continue. When it comes to adult-oriented book sales, this is the best-ranked book series.

2. Chills

Goosebumps author R. L. Stine wrote 62 volumes in the series between 1992 and 1997. Many of the works that make up the series were included in bestseller lists during those years, including the highly significant New York Times Bestselling lists. The books have been adapted for film and television, and Stine created a number of spinoffs. Because of the subjects they addressed, some people were also offended by them. They were intended to be children’s horror stories.Some people thought the idea was bad.

A book is considered challenged by the American Library Association when someone or some group tries to get it taken out of a curriculum or library. Goosebumps books were the 15th most challenged literature in the US in the 1990s, according to the ALA. The majority of the obstacles originated from the texts that included witchcraft, demons, and the occult. Even so, sales kept rising, and the series—like other popular book series—spawned a media empire.

In terms of sales, only one book series has done better than Goosebumps thus far. More than thirty languages, some as varied as Mandarin and Hebrew, have been translated into the novels. Goosebumps has sold over 400 million books and is still selling close to 2 million copies a year. It’s evident that many children across several nations enjoy a little scare when they read.

1. The Potter saga

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. It is barely noteworthy that the Harry Potter book and movie series is so successful. However, it is featured here since it is without a doubt the world’s best-selling book series. The canon of the Harry Potter book series consists of seven novels and three companion books. In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, published in 1997, Harry Potter and his universe made their debut. Over half a billion copies of the books have been sold as a result of the series since then.

A Nashville Catholic school banned the books in 2019 due to the possibility that some of the spells could “conjure evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text when read by a human being.” It seems that non-human readers, wherever they may be, are of no consequence.Similar disputes have followed the novels since they were first published and continue to come up occasionally.

According to money.com’s estimation in 2016, the novels, movies, and licenses combined to create a franchise that is valued at over $25 billion. The Harry Potter books, which were first written with children in mind, have grown to appeal to a wide age range of readers. It also made, and still does, a tremendous amount of money.

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