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Old 05-29-2012, 04:46 PM   #1
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Most popular genres?

I probably should google and see what I find, but thought I'd throw it out for discussion?

Mystery?
Romance?
SF?
Fantasy?
Mainstream?

(well the initial googling wasn't much help other than it confirmed the first two on my list above. )

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Old 05-29-2012, 05:14 PM   #2
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Romance leads the pack. I think you'll find that # of sales per title are higher in the Mystery/Thriller category, but that can't compete with the sheer number of romance books published each year, approximately a gazillion.

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2010 Romance Fiction Sales in Comparison

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Romance: $1.358 billion
Religion/inspirational: $759 million
Mystery: $682 million
Science fiction/fantasy: $559 million
Classic literary fiction: $455 million
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Wow I find it very interesting that religion/inspiration comes in second...I suspect that includes all the "new age" books as well...

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Wow I find it very interesting that religion/inspiration comes in second...I suspect that includes all the "new age" books as well...
Maybe it includes Dan Brown books?

I've seen numbers before indicating that there is a huge market for religious books in the US, seems odd to me as well since I've never read a single one, nor do I know anyone who does. I don't read many romance books, but I do know a lot of people that read those at least.
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:06 PM   #5
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It must be a conspiracy if it includes Dan Brown!
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:57 PM   #6
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One genre that's been around for a while, but is making huge advances right now (via the whole zombie and 2012 craze) is the survival fiction genre (ie, apocalyptic, super bug, EMP/CME, nuclear, biological, etc type end of the world stuff) which I've just started diving into as a writer, and it's actually more fun to read and write about than probably any other genre currently. I don't know where it stands in the big picture, but I've been seeing sales of survival fiction stuff just sailing through the roof of late.
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Hmm, maybe I need to pen a whodunit romance novel set in the apocalyptic end times, I could clean up!
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I've seen numbers before indicating that there is a huge market for religious books in the US, seems odd to me as well since I've never read a single one, nor do I know anyone who does.

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Romance: $1.358 billion
Religion/inspirational: $759 million
Mystery: $682 million
Science fiction/fantasy: $559 million
Classic literary fiction: $455 million
Ok, #1 and #2 do not surprise me at all, but #3 and #5 caught me out of the blue. I guess it begs the question of how they are rolling them up, and how much double counting is going on? If the book was a mystery about two elven lovers fighting dragons in outer space while trying to re-find that spark of love between them... I think you get the point.
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Ok, #1 and #2 do not surprise me at all, but #3 and #5 caught me out of the blue. I guess it begs the question of how they are rolling them up, and how much double counting is going on? If the book was a mystery about two elven lovers fighting dragons in outer space while trying to re-find that spark of love between them... I think you get the point.
Oh you must mean Hyperion.
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Ok, #1 and #2 do not surprise me at all, but #3 and #5 caught me out of the blue. I guess it begs the question of how they are rolling them up, and how much double counting is going on? If the book was a mystery about two elven lovers fighting dragons in outer space while trying to re-find that spark of love between them... I think you get the point.
Under the genre the publisher categorized/marketed it as; said book will most likely be a SF/Fantasy title, but easily could have been branded as a Romance SF, depending on how it was written.

Lots of fiction (regardless of genre) will have elements of romance, mystery, or even a supernatural element or two... it depends on how it's branded.
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I've seen numbers before indicating that there is a huge market for religious books in the US, seems odd to me as well since I've never read a single one, nor do I know anyone who does. I don't read many romance books, but I do know a lot of people that read those at least.
You never heard of the (in)famous Left Behind series, which spawned several TV movies and even a video game?
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I think part of the reason Religion is a genre that is doing well now is that it is the start of a new millennium and as such people are looking for answers to their problems etc. more than in recent decades.
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But do you think that includes all the "New Age" type books as well as traditional religious books?
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You never heard of the (in)famous Left Behind series, which spawned several TV movies and even a video game?
And so you think the the "Religion" Genre count is including both fiction and non-fiction?

Do you think the Fantasy count includes non-fiction as well?

I'm thinking there are way too many dimensions in this graph.
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