Paula looks at the most popular genres on a recommendations website:
One website I belong to offers daily
suggestions of books based on the genres each subscriber likes. Subscribers can
also specify their preferences based on language, violence, and sexual content.
Authors may request their book to be
featured, as long as it has at least 10 reviews and 4.0 rating or higher, and
there is a small charge, which depends on the genre of the book.
I found it interesting to see which
genres are the most popular.
Here are the top ten:
Historical fiction (39,466)
Literary fiction (38,825)
Women's fiction (38,618)
Science fiction (38,579)
Contemporary romance (38,269)
Romantic suspense (38,041)
Young adult (38,030)
like paranormal, urban fantasy, detective, action and adventure, and horror all
came much lower down the list, as did some of the sub-divisions of romance:
erotic, historical, comedy, religious/inspirational, western, and gay/lesbian.
glad to see contemporary romance featuring in the top ten – especially as you
meet so many people (or at least I do) who claim they ‘never read romance.’ At
the same time, I wondered about the distinction between contemporary romance
and romance suspense, since surely all romances contain (or should contain!)
some element of suspense. Yes, the readers know the hero and heroine will come
together in the end, since this is the hallmark of a romance, but they should
be held in suspense wondering just how this can possibly happen after all the
problems and conflicts we writers throw at our characters!
found it interesting, and quite surprising, that some of the sub-divisions of
romance did not feature in the top ten, particularly historical romance. Maybe
readers have had their fill of Regency rakes and scoundrels – or of poorly
researched so-called historical romances. As for erotic, it seems that for
every person who liked 50 SoG, there are at least 50 (maybe a lot more?) who
either didn’t read the books or started one and never finished it.
I’ll stick with my contemporary romances!