PUBLIC OPINION > 'Harry Potter' Is the Greatest Fantasy Franchise
Film 2012/03/26 13:00:00
Some critics are comparing "The Hunger Games" to "The Twilight Saga" in light of ticket sales... But for some "Hunger Games" fans, that almost seems like an insult, doesn't it? You can pretty much narrow down the great fantasy film franchises to a handful of titles, so we pitted "Hunger Games" and "Twilight" against the other heavy-weights to determine the best fantasy franchise. We received well over 2,500 votes.
Well, to answer our initial question, "The Hunger Games" is approximately 2.3 times as popular as "Twilight," so Suzanne Collins and company are likely to have a long and prosperous run for the rest of the film-adapted series. Maybe they'll sever "Mockingjay" into five separate films to keep it going. Whatever the case, neither took the top spot. That honor went to J. K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series, which has been captivating audiences in book and film formats for 15 years now. It's not quite as old as J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" or C. S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Naria" (by the way, what's with all the initials?), but "Harry Potter" is undeniably the most popular fantasy series around. Props to Collins for such a close call, though!
'Hunger Games' Only Popular With Teens
Though "The Hunger Games" did come within 2% of "Harry Potter" in the overall, a good deal of that support came from teens. Nearly a third of teens voted for "The Hunger Games" (31%), while the rest of the age groups averaged just 11%. That could mean older folks are less aware of "The Hunger Games," or that Collins' series is more of a fad.
Men Prefer 'Lord of the Rings'
"Harry Potter" wasn't the top dog all around. In fact, it fell short on a rather large demographic... Men. While only 15% of female voters went with the "Lord of the Rings" franchise, it took a majority in the male vote with 30%. Sure, there are some epic battles in "Harry Potter," but they aren't quite as "manly" as the battles in "Lord of the Rings."
'Star Wars' Strikes a Certain Age
It was a little bit sad to see "Star Wars" do so poorly in the poll, but it did have a small victory in the age demographics. The 25-34 group favored George Lucas' masterpiece, and though "Lord of the Rings" took the lead in the 35-44 group, "Star Wars" still had 31% of the vote. In short, "Star Wars" fans are predominantly in their early 30s.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our poll about the best fantasy franchise. We'd love to hear from you!
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