NYT Bestsellers: Romance Edition

I like information, charts, data.  SO I alway have a look at the NYT bestsellers lists when they come out. In particular the mass-market paperback chart. Where, I think it is safe to say that romance reigns supreme. (Most of the time.)

Lets have a look at this weeks Top 35 (Courtesy of NY Times)

This Week 08/01/2010
1    STREET GAME, by Christine Feehan.
2    DEAR JOHN, by Nicholas Sparks.
3    THE LOVELY BONES, by Alice Sebold.
4    THE DEVIL’S PUNCHBOWL, by Greg Iles.
5    SHADES OF MIDNIGHT, by Lara Adrian.
6    PLUM SPOOKY, by Janet Evanovich.
7    THE ASSOCIATE, by John Grisham.
8    FORBIDDEN FALLS, by Robyn Carr.
9    THE MAN YOU’LL MARRY, by Debbie Macomber. ♥
10   VANISHING ACT, by Fern Michaels.
11   FIRE AND ICE, by Julie Garwood.
12    BLACK OPS, by W. E. B. Griffin.
13    CROSS COUNTRY, by James Patterson.
14   EARLY DAWN, by Catherine Anderson.
15    THE ROAD, by Cormac McCarthy.
16   HUNTING JULIAN, by Jacquelyn Frank.
17    ARCTIC DRIFT, by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler.
18   SHATTERED, by Joan Johnston.
19   WHAT I DID FOR LOVE, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
20    ENDER IN EXILE, by Orson Scott Card.
22    TERMINAL FREEZE, by Lincoln Child
23   WORTH THE RISK, by Nora Roberts ♥
24    LOITERING WITH INTENT, by Stuart Woods
25    7TH HEAVEN, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
26    BLOOD SINS, by Kay Hooper
27   LAVENDER MORNING, by Jude Deveraux
29   AMAZING GRACIE, by Sherryl Woods ♥
30   RUNNING HOT, by Jayne Ann Krentz
31    DEAD UNTIL DARK, by Charlaine Harris
32    THE SECOND OPINION, by Michael Palmer
34   BORN OF ICE, by Sherrilyn Kenyon  ♥
35   REESE’S BRIDE, by Kat Martin

As you can see a massive 17 out of the 35 titles there are what I would class as ‘romance’ novels. That’s a massive 48.5%.

48.5% of this weeks bestselling titles were romance.

Plus 6 of the top 10 were romance. 60% of the top ten were romance titles. That’s an impressive number.

That’s not too shabby for the ugly sister of the literati. And before everyone starts with the whole ‘oh but popular doesn’t mean quality.’ I don’t care. Because what popular does mean is published. That means that the genre I love to read is alive and kicking the arse out of mainstream fiction and other genre type fiction.  Romance, if you will, is the Mike Tyson of fiction.

Also the titles with little lovehearts next to them are re-issues.  So 23% of those romance novels are re-issues. I think it’s incredible that these books are between 10-15 years old and with a new cover have stormed the bestseller lists. What other genre has a backlist that strong?

And with Harelquin tracking thier books in a different manner, soon there will be even more (That’s if NYT will recognise them…).

I love the smell of romance in the morning.

Congrats to Christine Feehan, Lara Adrian, Fern Michaels, Debbie Macomber & Robyn Carr for landing inside the Top 10 for thier first week sales!

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