Although it’s a bit jarring to see these two genres neck-to-neck on top book lists, there’s no denying that erotica and Young Adult are the genres making waves across the publishing industry. Hot on the heels of the Hunger Games movie buzz, we watched the Fifty Shades phenomenon explode.
But what do these two vastly different series have in common? Both capture the imagination of fans with their dynamic lead characters, gripping action and fresh concepts. We’re especially pleased to these genre fiction series have been making so many headlines in mainstream news, leading the way for others to tread the path to success. And a glance at the year so far in terms of bestseller lists shows that many new tales in both these greats are following in the Hunger/Shades footsteps, steadily building to the top of the list.
Even though it is only halfway through 2012, a look at the bestseller lists shows a definite connection between big screen adaptations and book sales. Like the Hunger Games adaptation (and the buzz about the soon-to-be-adapted Fifty Shades of Grey) many this year’s best sellers have made the leap from page to post production, thrilling fans with their movie adaptations: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss; The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks; The Help by Kathryn Stockett; Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer; and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson. (And Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin, is in the midst of a successful run on HBO.) In fact, two of our other favorite bestsellers, Jennifer Probst’s The Marriage Bargain is one of the sizzling eroticas that may soon be adapted and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl already has Reese Witherspoon’s name attached to the possible movie.
Rounding out the bestseller lists are some titles that readers may be interested in: Calico Joe by John Grisham and two non-fiction titles, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and The 5 Love Languages by Gary D. Chapman.
Are any of these books in your TBR pile? Is there another genre that you think will gain immediate popularity in the second half of the year? Tell us your thoughts on the bestsellers list in the comments section.