Popular Movies Don’t Equate to Great Used Book Sales

There are a lot of books adapted into films each year. Most are hardly worth taking note of, but others stand the test of time. Some remain popular long after their theatrical run ends. And others are immensely popular before and after movie adaptatations. But only a few books keep selling well in the used books environment.


You would not believe how many of these books we get in at my store. It’s ridiculous.

The Hunger Games.

There’s a difference between the two series. THG sell, but we get SO many of them.

Marley & Me.

I actually had no idea it was a book before I started working at Half Price Books. It’s one we see A LOT of. It isn’t exactly flying off the shelves.

The Fault in Our Stars.

Similar to THG, these sell okay. But it’s definitely a book we see plenty of.

So that’s my little list of popular books that became popular movies that don’t sell particularly well in a used bookstore environment. At least not in the environment I work in each day. Of course, there are opposites. Books that sell VERY well. It’s all a guessing game. Maybe I’ll have a post about those books in a couple of days.

2 thoughts on “Popular Movies Don’t Equate to Great Used Book Sales

  1. Do you think that you see so many used books in these series because so many sold when they were first issued? I tend to read the book first and then see the movie. The only exception lately was with Gone Girl and I didn’t like changing that sequence.


    • Perhaps. Hard to tell. But there are other series that continue to sell extremely well. But I’ll save those for another post. I also like to read the book first, unless I don’t know there’s a book. Then eh. But it is nice sometimes to see a good movie and then realize there’s a book. And you read the book and realize it’s immensely better than the movie. That was Lone Survivor for me.

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