Most wanted adventure books of all time
Alexandre Dumas, photo by Nadar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Pirates, mysterious islands, travel full of dangers, pricole everywhere, dark, vampires, fight, swords, spectacular escapes, testing of all kinds, other realms, all part of the perfect recipe that has passed through the centuries, creating the most beautiful adventure novels that were ever written. Adrenaline is the number one ingredient and suspense that blooms every page meant that over time adventure to be one of the most popular genres of the general public, especially since the Cuvat “adventure” hides many and varied meaning that changes and nuances of every age and every fashion. Hundreds of adventure novels were written over the centuries, most successful and today, because the need for story and pleasure to escape into imaginary lands is old, but ever new, because people love to indulge , to fear, to live the mystery and be heroes, even remotely. And some of them even designed a few hundred years, still today, at the dawn of the third millennium, some of the most beloved stories that do not die, nor old.
From Alexandre Dumas‘s musketeers adventures in Jules Verne’s stories that prove viewing today, and those of Mark Twain, childhood hero, to a new world adventures like those of “Game of Thrones” by George RR Martin, via the famous “Fahrenheit 451” has changed the taste for suspense. While Dumas play nice with the past and anticipate the future Jules Verne, today Georrge RR Martin builds worlds anchored nowhere and never. Ten adventure novels in various shades of the word, whose history spans the last two hundred years, remain the most popular, most read and most popular books of all time. In chronological order, they express something essential about the coming era. “The Three Musketeers” by Alexandre Dumas. One of the finest novels ever written that, filmed with great success several times, “The Three Musketeers” was published in serial form in 1844. The four created Dumas remained among the most popular in the history of literature: Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D’Artagnan face time, and their chivalry and charm kept intact. “Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea” by Jules Verne. Published first in serial form for more than a year, from spring 1869 until 20 June 1870, the novel which anticipates submarine technology and has in the center Captain Nemo legendary as her adventures continue in “Mysterious Island”, proposes a completely different affair than was usual for audiences weather. “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain. Appeared in 1876 and continued in 1884 with “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn novel was put on the list of books banned in America because of the jargon used by the author.
Placed in the children’s adventure literature, Mark Twain’s story has remained until today one of the novels that adults read the same pleasure, sinking poor and orphaned children in the world, grown on the banks of the Mississippi, Huckleberry Finn along, Indian black slave Jim and Joe. “Dracula” by Bram Stoker. In 1897, when he published his novel “Dracula” Bram Stoker already try a different kind of adventure. To create this tale of darkness, Stoker used Vlad Tepes image, “vampire” who haunted castle in Transylvania nineteenth century. Despite the dark suspense, “Dracula” was a bestseller at the time of publication, and the novel was more important for modern readers than for those of the Victorian era. “The Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. A novel appeared at the turn of the century, in 1900, “The Wizard …” is a novel for children, but has come to mark generations famous mainly due ecranizarii 1939 Judy Garland in the role of Dorothy, who turned up today in an initiatory story, full of adventure. “Lord of the Rings” by JRR Tolkien. Developed between 1937 and 1949 more than a decade — mostly during the Second World War, is a sequel to “The Hobbit,” published in 1937. The action is placed in an imaginary prehistory, the Third Age of Middle-earth when the lands of Middle-earth is populated by humans and other humanoid species, hobbits, elves, gnomes and orcs. “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. In 1953 appear quite shocking novel. Adventures of musketeers and mysterious islands instead let the fear of the future. In a future society, books are banned, and firemen are meant to find them and burn them. Aventura is to keep them alive, which can be paid with death. The novel explores the effects of television and media on reading, said the author, and today’s world makes him a visionary. “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding. A terrible novel, the adventure is raised to another level, “Lord of the Flies” writer Nobel laureate appeared in 1954.
The world is already headed to another era. War experience had infiltrated everywhere, marking generations and the story Golding’s novel, in which a group of children who survive a plane crash trying to survive on a desert island in the middle of the Pacific, is the best example. Because everything turns into a nightmare in which hatred takes the place of innocence. “Dune” by Frank Herbert. In 1965, the company was headed for something else. Earth had become too small and the adventures that the world needed to happen on other planets. Frank Herbert’s novel action happens in the middle of a feudal interstellar empire expanding, the planets are controlled by noble houses who swore allegiance to the Imperial House Corrino. Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides (Duke Leto Atreides and heir of House Atreides), since his family desert planet Arrakis lead accepts only source of spice considered the most important and most valuable substance in the universe. “Game of Thrones” by George RR Martin. Published in the last decade of the 20th century, in 1996, George RR Martin’s novel is today perhaps the most popular book of adventures and great success due ecranizarii. Dragons and fight for the throne, beyond the realms of time painstakingly invented stories that once built Dumas intrigue at the court of France all are today the best bait for readers imagination, desperate to find continuing. The conclusion? Nothing has changed from when Dumas published his novels in serial form.
Originally published at poundtravel.uk on August 23, 2015.