Breaking Dawn and Dead in the Family swap places, while His Majesty’s Dragon makes a return to the top 5. Frost Moon makes its first appearance this week.
- Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
- His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
- Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
- Frost Moon by Anthony Francis
- Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Is it just me or is the fact that most of that list is made up of ‘paranormal romance’ novels quite worrying? His Majesty’s Dragon sounds pretty good though, I’ve heard good things about it on The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. I might give that a try.
Totally agree with you there. I’ve been covering the Top 5 fantasy books on amazon.com for about 2 years now, and I’m just waiting for the day that vampire/paranormal/romance drops off the charts. I also agree that Naomi Novik’s stuff is worth checking out, and is on my list to buy.
What interests me most about the Sookie Stackhouse and Twilight novels (and others like them) is how their success came out of the blue, and redefined a whole segment of literature.
While authors like Laurell K. Hamilton (“Anita Blake” series, etc.) and Anne Rice (“Interview with a Vampire”, etc.) were on the vanguard of this recent phase of vampire/paranormal/romance fiction, I don’t recall a time where they were as popular as Charlaine Harris and Stephanie Meyers are now. Is this fixation and popularity with V/P/R fiction something that is unique to the 12-30 year olds today, or is there some other market force pushing it forward.