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Old 10-25-2018, 08:32 PM   #31
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The placement of “Outlander” seems weird to me. Leaving to one side the literary merits of the series, is Gabaldon really that popular an author? I’ve always regarded her as a rather obscure SF/fantasy author. It surprises me that the casual reader would have ever heard of her, let alone place her in second place in a contest of this nature. She’s the only one on that list who’s not a (to me, at least) “famous” author (or famous book).
"Famous"/popular enough that she's usually on the bestseller lists, but likely more known by causal folks due to the Showtime series based on her main series of books.
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Old 10-25-2018, 08:49 PM   #32
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They’ve made a TV series of it, have they? That would probably account for it.
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Old 10-25-2018, 09:40 PM   #33
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They’ve made a TV series of it, have they? That would probably account for it.
Having been turned into film or television presentations is something the first 25 have in common. It is also true of a significant proportion of the other 75 (I didn't bother to research these in detail). Even #26 (A Prayer for Owen Meany) had a movie made from part of it (Simon Birch).

So if we're going to try and look at it that way we might ask if To Kill a Mockingbird would be up there if it weren't for Gregory Peck. Hmm... Moby Dick is up there, do we blame Gregory for that too?
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The Great American Read

I hope this is not duplicating a post. From PBS:
https://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/results/
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Thanks for the link to the results.

I'm guilty of not reading many of the newer "best-loved" books. My adult grandkid's top-10 list compared to mine proves that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder".
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