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Family Saga genre in books - Read one today

Updated on December 8, 2014

Family Sagas often move to film, television and other entertainment platforms and formats

The Thorn Birds was one of the early Family Sagas that caught my attention in its television iteration. Others following a similar path were Roots, East of Eden, Dune and The Godfather, among many others. The Little House of the Prairie television show, based on the series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, certainly followed this path as well

Family Sagas typically follow generations of family through a period of history - in novels, or other story forms.

Join me in this journey to discover, to remember, and to celebrate this important Book Genre that is so often overlooked, in my opinion. We especially lack Family Sagas set here in the USA. So, I set out to write one. Don't miss my "Back to the Homeplace" and "The Homeplace Revisited" as the first two of the three novel trilogy in The Homeplace Series Family Saga to be enhanced with a novella and a collection of short stories.

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RIchard Chamberlain
RIchard Chamberlain

The Thorn Birds TV Mini-Series

Starred Richard Chamberlain

Family Saga genre novels make great motion pictures and television programming, whether as single showings, mini-series specials, or continuing seasonal programs.

The Thorn Birds was a very successful TV Mini-series adaptation of the novel by Colleen McCullough that aired in 1983 and starred Richard Chamberlain, shown here. Click on the image to learn more about the actor.

Do you read Family Saga novels? - I highly recommend them... I love to see the interrelationships among family members...

I hope you will leave a comment about Family Saga, my favorite genre of reading materials! ;-)

Do you read Family Saga novels and stories?

The Homeplace Series Novels available on Amazon - Available in both Print and Kindle Editions - Order Yours Today! ;-)

Back to the Homeplace
Back to the Homeplace

This is the original novel of "The Homeplace Saga" series of Family Saga stories. Set in 1987, in the Southern Missouri Ozarks, the story begins when the matriarch of the family leaves a controversial video week calling all the children back to the family farm to participate in an inheritance.

 

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Dune
Dune

Dune appeared in many platforms and formats

Dune has been a very successful science fiction franchise based first on the Family Saga novel by Frank Herbert.

Some consider this the best science fiction series of stories ever.

Click on the image of the book cover to learn more about the story, the author, and the many offshoots that have been created over the years about this family.

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Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 1)
Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 1)

A classic... add to your collection!

 
Godfather - Novel Cover
Godfather - Novel Cover

The Godfather

Novel by Mario Puzo

The original novel, cover shown here, was a crime novel about a fictional Sicilian Mafia family based in New York City (and elsewhere) and headed by Don Vito Corleone.

The story eventually became three highly successful movies largely based on the interrelationships among the various members of the families entwined in the story lines.

The story was so powerful and so powerfully portrayed on film as well as in the novels that many say it had a strong impact on American culture in ensuing years. What do you think? Do you agree? To a certain extent, I certainly do. I feel more family sagas would have this kind of impact if they were more widely read (and written, for that matter)!

Click on the Novel Cover to learn more about this amazing sequence of events.

George Lucas, creator of Star Wars
George Lucas, creator of Star Wars

Star Wars, An America Epic Space Opera

Created by George Lucas

Lucas created this Epic Space Opera as a nine-part Family Saga following members of a particular family in a "galaxy far, far away" - but they sure act like parts of typical families in terms of familial personal interrelationships.

An entire industry has spun off from this franchise - several industries, actually, and they continue to accumulate. Disney has recently purchased the franchise and this move will further expand the opportunities for the series of family stories be told and retold in many different and ever more exotic ways.

Click on the image of George Lucas to learn even more about the Star War phenomena.

Roots, cover of the novel
Roots, cover of the novel

Roots: The Saga of an American Family

Alex Haley's Family Saga novel

For many this is the most familiar Family Sagas - it changed the lives of many people.

After being exposed to the story in Roots, many people began to study their own family history in more detail, leading to a steady growth in family history and genealogy study that continues to this day.

Click the book cover image to learn even more about the story of Roots! ;-)

Christmas at the Homeplace
Christmas at the Homeplace

The latest novel in "The Homeplace Saga" of family saga historical fictions stories

 

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @SheilaMilne: It was a pleasant surprise to me, as well. Thanks for your comments. ;-)

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      SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      I hadn't though of Dune!

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anonymous: Good reminders, for sure! ;-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I reread The Godfather at intervals to see how Puzo keeps the stakes high and suspenseful.

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @hmommers: Thank you. I found that VERY interesting, as well. I think Family Saga is much more interesting that it gets credit for... just keep trying. Thanks for the comments!

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      hmommers 4 years ago

      I said NO in the duel, but then I saw you listed Dune. So it turns out I had a narrow view of Family Saga's. Great lens!

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @TheLittleCardShop: Love to hear from Family Saga fans. Hope you'll read mine. I'd live to get your reaction! ;-)

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      Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

      Your family saga page is awesome, I enjoy reading family saga novels. A long time ago I read Belva Plain's it was interesting as well :)

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @TolovajWordsmith: Just taking a few minutes, each day, will surprise you how much you can cover! ;-)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      I wish I have more time for reading...

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @BrianRS: Thank you! My favorite reads and writes! ;-)

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      Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

      I think family sagas is a great topic for a lens, they cover a pretty broad spectrum as well. So something for everyone.

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @flycatcherrr: Hope you do! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @bushaex: For sure! Great observations! ;-)

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      Oh, I don't know The Homeplace series - will have to look it out.

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      Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

      Isn't it amazing how "The Godfather" has a place in so many different conversation topics? Sooner or later, we'll be talking about Don Corleone!