Anyone who reads, or writes for that matter, knows that there is no shortage of variation with regard to options to do either. Just as with film, the possibilities are endless, from fantasy, to romance, to real life drama. No matter your tastes, there is literally something for everyone.
But what are the most popular genres of books? Which tend to bring in the most money? Not that such information is likely to change a writers avenue of what they prefer to write about, or a readers preferences of what to indulge in during a cold winter night. But sometimes, information is just interesting....
Here are the top 5 money making book genres, according to www.therichest.com
This one admittedly surprised me, although it really shouldn't have. I love a good horror movie, so of course a just as thrilling horror novel would draw anyone in. Writers such as Stephen King and Dean Koontz are household names for having the unmatched ability to scare the hell out of us with their words and minds, with books such as Carrie, the Shining, and others some of the most iconic and terrifying ever know.
The HORROR genre brings in approximately $79.6 million a year.
4) SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY
The sky is the limit...literally. There is no end to a writers imagination when it comes to science fiction and fantasy genres. Creating new worlds, new species, along with new characters can turn any typical story line in to something unique and awe inspiring. There is no age limit for this genre, with books such as the Harry Potter series meant for kids, but loved by all. For the mature audience, George Martin's Game of Thrones is the newest kid on the block, with the show a new obsession of many
This genre brings in $590.2million a year...leaps and bounds by its closest rival.
Again, this one shocked me. Granted, other than Dan Brown's infamous Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, etc, this isn't a genre I am overly familiar with. Beyond the fact that the bible is the worlds best selling, and most translated written work in history, newcomers such as Deepak Chopra have taken religion and faith to a new generation.
RELIGION works bring approximately $720 million annually to the publishing industry.
2) CRIME / MYSTERY
I can still remember my mother sitting on the couch each Christmas, with her new Mary Higgins Clark book and a box of chocolates. Her favorite genre next to romance, she was an avid reader of the works of MHC, and others. Authors such as John Grisham can bring a sense of drama to the courtroom, and a glimpse in to the word of crime that gives us the thrill of the underworld of humanity within the safety of our home homes.
CRIME and MYSTERY works bring in $728.2 million a year.
No surprise here. There is not a woman alive (and in many cases, man) who has not read a romance novel of some kind. Whether Harlequins, or new, humor tales of finding love in the modern age, everyone longs for love. Even if it is just on the page. All you have to do is say the name Danielle Steele, and everyone will know who you are talking about. With newcomers such as EL James taking a new, erotic twist to traditional romance, there is something for everyone who is looking for a little....companionship.
The ROMANCE genre bowls over the competition, brining in 1.44 billion a year.
Seeing the variation in the financial aspect of books and earnings is surprising, I have to admit. But, also, I dare anyone to find someone who hasn't read at least one book from each of these genres at some point. There is no shortage of work to please any palate, so I encourage you all to try something new. Read something of horror, even when you love romance. Or men, try a little love, even though to long for fantasy. Mix it up a little, and I bet you will find a new love.
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