Pirate fiction started gaining on the popularity during a late 18th century when authors of books and stage play productions noticed that worldwide audiences are very interested in the romanticized version of the life on dangerous seas. This approach to glorifying and exaggerating the deeds of real-life pirate crews and pirate captains eventually gave birth to new fictional pirate stories, which were focused on lives on swashbuckling and often heroic pirate captains.
Today, pirate fictions consist from wide variety of books, movies, stage plays, comic books, theme parks and many other forms of entertainment that are popularized not only by the fiction writers, but also fans themselves who personally create countless types of fanfiction that celebrate romanticized or realistic pirate life and adventures of fictional pirate captains and their crews. Even though today famous Captain Jack Sparrow is without the doubt the most famous fictional pirate of all time, many others are close behind him.
After the end of the Golden Age of Piracy in the 18th century, many writers started publishing the works in which deeds and careers of famous pirate captains were exaggerated, romanticized and turned into elaborate fictional adventures. The great response from the public quickly gave birth to the never-ending stream of fictional pirates which were plunged into various adventures in which they were often not villains, but anti-heroes or pure heroes. Even today, several centuries later, the fictional pirate captains and their crew get created with regular pace, providing worldwide audiences new and exciting ways to immerse themselves into the adventurous and dangerous life on the sea.
Marshall D. Teach better known as Blackbeard is the captain of the Blackbeard Pirates. Blackbeard Pirates are group of characters in a fictional universe of the One Piece manga and anime series.
The most popular film adaption of Blackbeard is without the doubt the one that was shown in the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise “On Stranger Tides”.
Blackbeard was portrayed in a very impressive way in a US Television series Black Sails. Here you can read how he was brought to life by the actor Ray Stevenson.
Calico Jack is one of the most interesting characters in the popular TV series Black Sails that follows the life of several historical pirate captains in search of freedom and wealth.
The popularity of Pirates in the modern culture created many products that promoted the romanticized view of that time of adventures on seven seas. Nowhere can that be seen better than in great pirate Lego sets. Find out more about Lego pirate ships.
Games where the main characters include pirates. Here you can find different pirate games types including the adventures, online roleplaying games, etc.
Classic point and click adventure from the 90's.
The second game of the Monkey Island series.
One of the latest video games that managed transport us into the Golden Age of Piracy was “Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag”, a highly ambitious open-world action game that put us into the boots of swashbuckling pirate captain who can travel with his ship across entire Caribbean.
The videogame world was changed with the arrival of “Sid Meier's Pirates!” in 1984, game that enabled anyone to roam the seas of Caribbean during the golden years of piracy. Find out more about this amazing game here.
Movies and cartoons about real-life pirates, but also about pirates that belong only to fiction.
Cartoon about Spanish conquests of the New World.
Black Sails is an innovative pirate-themed television series that showcased to the viewers from all around the world more realistic view on the life of pirates. Set as a prequel to the famous novel “Treasure Island”, this television series immediately gathered a lot of praise.
Captain Calamity is a 1936 film describing a tale of an ordinary ship captain who got himself and his crew into trouble by claiming he discovered gold from lost sunken pirate ship. Here you can find out more about his interesting film.
TV series Crossbones arrived on home screens in 2014, giving us the unique opportunity to follow the fictionalized story of the famous pirate captain Blackbeard years after his faked death during the ambush set by English Navy Lieutenant Robert Maynard.
Hollywood romantic comedy adventure film Cutthroat Island is today remembered as one of the largest box office flops of all time, but nevertheless it represents a notable moment in the history of pirate-themed cinema history. Find out more about this film here.
With several actors making their last appearance in their beloved roles, “At World’s End” managed to solidify the popularity of Pirates of the Caribbean as the most popular pirate-themed film franchise of all time.
Great success of the first Pirates of the Caribbean film prompted Walt Disney Pictures into quickly producing sequel that achieved even greater success all around the world. Here you can find out why “Dead Man's Chest” proved to be so popular.
Very successful Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides changed the formula set by the original trilogy by focusing its story more on the adventure of famous Captain Jack Sparrow, without the presence of actors Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley.
History of pirate-themed films changed significantly in 2003 when first Pirates of the Caribbean film achieved phenomenal success all across the world. Here you can find out more about film that promoted Jonny Depp into one of the most famous Hollywood actors of early 21st century. Read more about Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
Other types of pirate fiction including pirate comic books, pirate musicals, etc.
Comic book about alternative history of famous pirate Anne Bonny.
Sequel of Witchblade #9
Comic book, about fictional pirate Miguel Estacado.
Review of famous pirate musical, premiered in Chicago in 2005.
Blackbeard: The Birth of America is a historical fiction book that provides great insight into the general history of 17th century, naval lifestyle during the height of the famous “Golden Age of Piracy”, and the life and death of Edward Thache, immortalized by his pirate name Blackbeard. The book dwells deep into the historical evidence that paints the life of most notorious privateer-turned-pirate and American freebooter of all time.