Dec. 15th, 2008

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You know what I'd really love to read: a book that talks about super-mega bestsellers and why they're so phenomenally successful. I don't really want a critical look (because I suspect this level of cultural success has very little to do with what makes a book critically successful), but a book that talks about why certain books just suddenly take off because they've hit something in the zeitgeist or filled a gap that no one knew was there. Wouldn't that be interesting? I've read some things that talked about this for certain books (like Richardson's Pamela) but imagine how interesting this would be for things like Harry Potter and Twilight and god knows what other books that now are forgotten.
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As part of my current fascination with bestsellers I found this:

A list of American bestsellers from the 1900s

As you'd expect there's a lot of people you've never heard of combined with a surprising amount of Winston Churchill. Plus there's Mrs Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, a bestseller in 1902 and 1903 so you know it must be good. I am still wondering about that one.

Plus I found Bestsellers: Popular Fiction Since 1900 about UK bestsellers. It's more of an overview and it doesn't look like it looks at the big sellers, the phenomenon books, but still interesting.

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