Because a book sells lots of copies certainly does not prove that it
is a quality product. However, people typically don’t read the second or
third book in a series if they didn’t like the first one. Success over
time in a series could be considered a key indicator of gripping “I have
to find out what happens!” storytelling.
Here is the list of best-selling Fantasy Series, ranked by copies
sold PER BOOK. We didn’t think it was fair to just count the total sales
when some series have so many more books than others.
I was interested to see how this compared to compared to WatchMojo’s recent Top 10 Fantasy Books - the two lists aren’t identical but yet again, The Wheel of Time is #8.
And, as I noted last time, the series out-ranking WOT were all written earlier (and thus have
had more time to win fans and influence the genre), and/or were written
for children (and have broader appeal), and/or have benefited from the
massive publicity that comes with a film or TV adaptation.