7 Famous Trilogy Books
With certain books, three is never a crowd! You want to read them ardently and wait for the next story to unfold in your imagination. In a trilogy, the story feels like a puzzle put together. Here is a list of famous trilogy books.
1. Lord of the Rings
'Lord of the Rings' is a critically acclaimed epic fantasy which opens the door to a new world of imagination. Fear, power, greed, men, elves, creatures – a myriad of beasts and a plot line that sends your heart racing till the very end. Tolkien’s trilogy is sheer brilliance and genius. It has continued to be an inspiration for a series of fantasy fiction, exploring the essence of human nature in a situation where all hell breaks loose. The series is a work of art that appeals to a range of readers and is also widely read in education settings and for literary analysis.
2. Cairo Trilogy
'Cairo Trilogy' is a gem of Arab origin. This remarkable piece of art is written by the Egyptian writer and Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz. As the title suggest, the series is set in Cairo which is believed to be a walk down the author’s memory lane. The books were originally written in Arabic. The English translations of Palace Walk, Palace of Desire and Sugar Street have created a true portrait of his creation. It revolves around the life of an Egyptian patriarch tracing three life generations during the British colonizing period and the Second World War.
3. Fifty Shades
E.L. James' romantic erotic fiction has gained raging popularity, along with winning the New York Times Best-selling Trilogy. It’s a blend of romance, erotica, fan fiction and drama. What evolved under the pen name of ‘Snow queens ice dragon’ is now an appreciated creation of James’ imagination. The narrative of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' has been termed bold in the employment of sexual techniques explored by the characters including sadism/masochism (BDSM) and sexual power relations through dominance and submission. Although, the style of writing has not won accolades, the book has sold a whopping 70 million copies.
4. Berlin Noir
This avant-garde series is an achievement of Scottish author Philip Kerr’s brilliance. It explores an ex-police man’s turmoil of Bernie Gunther, a German soldier who has a sardonic and cynical outlook towards life. With the Nazi insurgency in the backdrop, this novel unleashes the historical horror through as viewed by private detective Gunther.
5. New York Trilogy
Professedly detective fiction, it is a blend of nouveau roman and detective mysteries. It is postmodern and experimental in its genre appeal to readers. The sequential titles include, ‘City of Glass’, ‘Ghosts’ and ‘The Locked Room.’ The series author Paul Auster’s first in the series, ‘City of Glass’ has been adapted into a graphic novel by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucheli.
6. His Dark Materials
This fantasy trilogy is written by British author Philip Pullman. 'His Dark Materials' certainly captures one's attention with witches and armored polar bears that must fight to the death. 'The Golden Compass', part of this trilogy, was adapted into a Hollywood movie in 2007. Pullman's series has won several awards including The Whitbread Book of the Year for 'The Amber Spyglass'. He also published the two short stories 'Lyra's Oxford' and 'Once Upon a Time in the North' in relation to 'His Dark Materials'.
7. The Hunger Games
This trilogy took the YA world by storm and with the first book-turned-movie, 'The Hunger Games' made a mark with worldwide audiences too. The games itself are a fight to the death. Every year a boy and a girl are chosen to compete, their names being drawn through a lottery. Katniss Everdeen, the heroine of this trilogy, unknowingly becomes the face of the districts' rebellion in this future world.