Top Books of 2014: The Year of the Young Adult
The voice of the young adult is loud and clear, especially when it comes to book sales. Young but terminally ill romance topped the charts followed by a dystopian literary franchise. Nielsen released its annual report on the top books of the year, and it showed that young people made their presence felt by supporting the young adult genre whether in books or in their film adaptations.
From 10 books on the list, nine of them were made into film or are tied with a film franchise in some form.
“The Fault in Our Stars”
Leading the pack is author John Green’s story of a dying girl finding her “always.” The film, which was adapted from the book published in 2012, took in almost $400 million in ticket sales in the global box office arena. Both its 2012 and 2014 print edition took the first and eight spots.
“Divergent,” “Insurgent,” and “Allegiant”
Coming in at second, third and fourth spots respectively are Veronica Roth’s dystopian franchise about a girl’s journey in finding out who she is amidst the push and pull of the new society she belongs to.
“The Long Haul”
Claiming the fifth spot is Jeff Kinney’s “The Long Haul.” The latest installment of his series of “The Diary of the Wimpy Kid,” tells about the adventures and misadventures of the Heffley family as they embark on a road trip.
“The Fault in Our Stars” (Movie tie-in)
It should not be a surprise to anyone to find the movie tie-in version of this book to shot to the sixth spot on this list. The buzz and the hype of the initial publication and the stellar performance of the cast created a good foundation for this version to be published, and for those who wants to relive the romance between Hazel and Augustus, this book will be there “always.”
Taking the seventh spot is “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. Flynn’s thriller explores the dynamic and inner workings of married couple, and the wife goes missing. “Gone Girl” stayed on the top spot of the New York Times bestseller for two months and also took spots in other book lists in 2012. A movie version was released in 2014, with powerful performances from Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.
“Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General”
The only nonfiction book on the list comes from Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly. Banking on its predecessors “Killing Kennedy,” “Killing Lincoln” and “Killing Jesus,” the book talks about the remaining years of General George Patton, focusing on whether or not he was assassinated.
“Looking For Alaska”
Rounding up the list is John Green’s novel about a young girl’s guilt and wanting to get away from it all. The novel drew a lot of controversy for depicting profanity and sexual scenarios. Green defended his book, saying that this is not a children’s book, and it is the reality on some of the young people today.
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