Most Influential Fantasy Fiction Books

Book lovers all over the world will agree that there is nothing more extraordinary than the world of fantasy. To be successfully transported to a whole new kind of universe, or to a different dimension is what the greatest fantasy fiction books have the power to do. Let’s explore some of the most influential fantasy fiction books of all time.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Penguin Random House

This classic novel is the fourth fantasy fiction book on the list for ‘best-selling single volume books of all time.’ It has sold over 100 million copies until date, and is rated and has been praised highly for its descriptive and captivating storyline: the adventurous tales of Alice, the girl who fell down a rabbit hole into a colourful and almost psychedelic world filled with interesting, anthropomorphic creatures.

Fun Fact:
Lewis Carroll’s real name is Charles Lutwidge Dodgson; he used an alias when publishing the book.

Lord of the Rings

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, more commonly known as J.R.R. Tolkien, wrote one of the most iconic fantasy novels in history, which contained the extremely descriptive and immersive worlds of wizards, elves and much more. It is rightfully so that the Lord of the Rings is on top of the list of ‘best-selling single-volume books of all time’, with over 150 million sold copies. ‘The Hobbit’, also written by J.R.R Tolkien follows in third on the list of best-selling fantasy novels as well, with over 100 million sold copies.

Fun Fact:
J.R.R. Tolkien invented the 15 different Elvish languages prior to the ‘Lord of the Rings’, and wrote Lord of the Rings as a background story for those languages. Sindarin, one of the Elvish languages he created, was completely independent from all other languages and contained around 25000 words since 2008.

The Harry Potter Series

It is impossible for a list of the most influential fantasy fiction books to not include the wizarding world of Harry Potter. A favorite amongst children and adults alike, J.K Rowling introduced us to a parallel universe we all wish to be transported to. Filled with the amazing lessons of love, sacrifice and bravery, the first book in the Harry Potter series, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ is 2nd on the list of all time best-selling individual books, with over 120 million copies sold worldwide. The others books in the series also follow closely.

Fun Fact:

‘Harry potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ was going to be named ‘Harry Potter and the School of Magic’ for the American version of the book. That title was turned down by J.K Rowling who explained, ‘that doesn’t feel right to me.’

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Don’t lie; you also wanted to try those delicious Turkish Delights that Edmund would even betray his family for. ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C.S Lewis is a delightful read, as it puts its readers through all possible emotions. A journey that started with a wardrobe has now turned into the fifth best-selling fantasy novel of all time, with approximately 85 million copies sold worldwide.

Fun Fact:
It took C. S. Lewis ten years to write the book, from 1939 to 1949.

Can you imagine how different our lives would be without these influential books? These books started traditions, created genres and introduced popular sub-cultures; these stories ended up becoming extremely popular movie franchises as well as references that we come across in our daily lives. Most importantly, they were worlds where people escaped to and continue to escape to, to this day.

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