The Hunger Games Trilogy Has Now Outsold All the Harry Potter Books

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Insert your own violent archery imagery here: Katniss Everdeen has now [...]ed Harry Potter, mostly because digital books are bolstering sales figures for The Hunger Games trilogy. Suzanne Collins' dystopian bloodsport YA novels have surpassed J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter saga as the best-selling books (in both print and digital formats) of all time on Amazon.com, the only bookseller that really matters anymore.

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Publisher Scholastic has said that, as of July 19, it had over 50 million copies of Collins' books (23 million copies of The Hunger Games, 14 million of Catching Fire, and 13 million of Mockingjay) circulating around the U.S., having their covers folded back, their pages filled with beach sand, and their bindings generally abused by careless readers. The rise of the Hunger Games trilogy is especially remarkable, observed Book World's Sarah Nelson, because "this series [The Hunger Games] is only three books versus Harry Potter's seven, and to achieve this result in just four years is a great testament to both the popularity of the work and, we think, the growth in reading digitally during that time." Since Collins' books are also the most-borrowed through Kindle's Lending Library, the rapid dissemination of The Hunger Games comes as yet more proof that we have moved out of the age of paper cuts and into the age of depleted batteries and catastrophic coffee spills. May LeVar Burton have mercy on our souls.

‘The Hunger Games' Breaks the Potter Book Barrier on Amazon [The Atlantic Wire]

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A lot of commenters are speaking to a very real aspect of all this: generational differences. If you grew up on Harry Potter, you're going to be all "WHA-?! How can Hunger Games beat that! Kids today!" and teens today are all "KATNISS FOREVA! TEAM PETA! TEAM GALE! WOOOOOT!"

But I tell you, ladies and gents...

I read both series as a goddamn adult and therefore have no childhood emotional investment in either: there is no comparison. Hunger Games is a mildly interesting (poorly written) diversion and Harry Potter is a sophisticated, well thought out and expertly written treasure. Treeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaasuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure I tell you!