Thursday, January 2, 2014
The Most Popular Book Genres--Do You Choose One or Does It Choose You?
Well, I found this somewhat sketchy, possibly reliable source of information known as "filedby," and read the following statistics:
1.) Crime/thriller/mystery is number one, with 48% of readers preferring this genre.
2.) Science Fiction takes the second spot, beaming up about 26% of readers.
3.) Romance has stolen the hearts of 21% of the bookworm population. (Be quiet, you know its funny).
4.) And then the list moves on to non-fiction for some reason, with History taking 31% of the nonfiction market.
5.) And biographies rounding out the non-fiction contest I didn't know that we were holding.
I have no idea where this poll came from, who they polled, and what the test group was, but it's some food for thought. And actually, now that I think about Barnes and Noble's selection of books, a very large number of them do appear to be crime/thriller/mystery. Which sucks, because that's just not my forte, if you will. Fantasy doesn't make any of these lists that I perused, making me feel like the nerd who got picked last for the bookaholic team.
So that begs the question should you pay attention to any of this? Should you consider this when starting your book in the hopes that you reach a larger audience? Or should you ignore statistics entirely and choose the genre you prefer?
I knew when I wrote my Fantasy books that they wouldn't be in a wildly popular genre. But it is my humble opinion that good writing is good writing, and if its done well enough, then just about anyone will want to read it.
What do you think?