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Top 10 Fantasy Book Trends of 2010

I’ve been tracking the top 5 books in the fantasy category on Amazon’s bestseller list for a while now, and I figured I could pull some interesting data from the weekly posts.

This is the second in a series of Top 10 posts covering the fantasy industry. Last week, we covered the Top 10 Fantasy Books of 2010. Next week, we cover the Top 10 Fantasy Books for 2011.

Kindle vs. Hardcover

I’ve only been tracking formats since September, but this is still 33% of the year’s worth of data. Starting on September 5, 2010, and reviewing the data weekly, 48 times Kindle editions of books were in the top 5, and only 37 times hardcover editions of books made the top 5. One interesting note here: Kindle sales were stronger in September and October, then as Thanksgiving rolled around, hardcover sales surged. But, once we got to the final week of the year, the day after Christmas marked the first week where all five novels in the top 5 list were Kindle editions. An inkling of what’s to come in the new year?

Epic Fantasy vs. Urban Fantasy

In the epic vs. urban smack-down urban fantasy wins, hands down. Urban fantasy novels appeared in the top 5 a whopping 198 times, to only 43 for epic fantasy. Epic fantasy was helped tremendously by the Jordan/Sanderson novels, but it just wasn’t enough to come close. Even though we see a traditional spike of epic fantasy sales around Christmas every year, urban fantasy is riding strong from 2010 into 2011.

Most Weeks at #1

Towers of Midnight spent the most weeks in the #1 spot, with 16. Second was Dead in the Family, with 11 weeks. Tied for third were Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer, and Dead Witch Walking, by Kim Harrison. Rounding out the top 5 novels in #1 for the most weeks was Bite Me, with two weeks in first place. The following novels all grabbed first place for one week only: A Game of Thrones, No Mercy, The Legend of Sigurd & Godrum, Calling Home, Changes, Once Bitten, Wit’ch Fire and Eclipse.

Longest Streak at #1

Towers of Midnight spent 14 weeks at #1, from September 5 through December 19, showing that even with the influx of urban and vampire fantasy, traditional epic fantasy still holds a place in fans’ hearts. Second was Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris with 7 weeks at #1, and third was Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison with 6 weeks at #1.

Longest Streak in Top 5 (any position)

Amazingly, both Dead in the Family and Breaking Dawn tied, for spending 33 consecutive weeks in the top 5 each. In second place for this category is Towers of Midnight, which spent 19 consecutive weeks in the top 5 list.

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Amazon’s Top 5 Fantasy Bestsellers, October 16, 2010

Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson hold first place, with Side Jobs by Jim Butcher making a first appearance in the 2nd slot. Charlaine Harris bumps her share of the top 5 back up to 40% with both Dead in the Family and Dead and Gone making the cut, and Breaking Dawn rounds out the top 5 for the week. Worth noting just outside the top 5, is A Game of Thrones, (Kindle), which while written in 1996, is seeing a resurgence in digital format.

  1. Towers of Midnight (Hardcover) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
  2. Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files (Hardcover) by Jim Butcher
  3. Dead in the Family (Kindle) by Charlaine Harris
  4. Dead and Gone (Kindle) by Charlaine Harris
  5. Breaking Dawn (Kindle) by Stephanie Meyer
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Amazon’s Top 5 Fantasy Bestsellers, October 9, 2010

The battle for the top 5 fantasy bestsellers on Amazon continues, as Towers of Midnight enjoys week 4 in first place, with Dead in the Family, The Way of Kings, and Breaking Dawn all making returns this week. Conversation in the Cathedral appears in the top 5 for the first time.

  1. Towers of Midnight (Hardcover) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
  2. Conversation in the Cathedral (Hardcover) by Mario Vargas
  3. Dead in the Family (Kindle) by Charlaine Harris
  4. The Way of Kings (Kindle) by Brandon Sanderson
  5. Breaking Dawn (Kindle) by Stephanie Meyer
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Amazon’s Top 5 Fantasy Bestsellers, September 25, 2010

Seven weeks in the top 5, and two weeks straight in first place for Towers of Midnight, and this week marks the debut of Distinctions, the prologue to Towers of Midnight. Rounding out the top three is The Way of Kings, leaving Sanderson taking back seat to himself, and well, himself.

  1. Towers of Midnight (Hardcover) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
  2. Distinctions: Prologue to Towers of Midnight (Kindle) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
  3. The Way of Kings (Kindle) by Brandon Sanderson
  4. Dead in the Family (Kindle) by Charlaine Harris
  5. No Mercy (Kindle) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
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Amazon’s Top 5 Fantasy Bestsellers, September 18, 2010

Towers of Midnight and No Mercy swap places this week, while The Way of Kings and The Exile see their returns to the top 5 fantasy bestseller list.

  1. Towers of Midnight (Hardcover) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
  2. No Mercy (Kindle) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  3. The Exile (Hardcover) by Diana Gabaldon
  4. The Way of Kings (Kindle) by Brandon Sanderson
  5. Dead in the Family (Kindle) by Charlaine Harris
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Amazon’s Top 5 Fantasy Bestsellers, September 11, 2010

Alas, Brandon Sanderson’s solo work drops off the top five this week, and his remaining co-authored novel, Towers of Midnight, is placed in a No Mercy sandwich. So goes the battle for fantasy fiction.

  1. No Mercy (Kindle) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  2. Towers of Midnight (Hardcover) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
  3. No Mercy (Hardcover) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  4. Dead in the Family (Kindle) by Charlaine Harris
  5. Breaking Dawn (Kindle) by Stephanie Meyer
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Amazon’s Top 5 Fantasy Bestsellers, September 5, 2010

It only lasted a week, but boy was it sweet. Although Tolkien and Brooks drop off the Amazon top 5 list this week, we get another fantastic offering: Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings is released, and fills 2 of the top 5 slots with both the hardcover and Kindle editions, giving Sanderson 60% majority holdings of the top 5. Sweet.

I should mention that I’ll be making the distinction between Kindle, hardcover, and any other versions going forward, since they are separate items and should be accounted for as such. And there’s no better way to kick it off than with a double dose of Sanderson goodness.

  1. Towers of Midnight (Hardcover) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
  2. The Way of Kings (Kindle) by Brandon Sanderson
  3. Dead in the Family (Kindle) by Charlaine Harris
  4. Breaking Dawn (Kindle) by Stephanie Meyer
  5. The Way of Kings (Hardcover) by Brandon Sanderson
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Amazon’s Top 5 Fantasy Bestsellers, August 28, 2010

Amazon’s top 5 fantasy bestsellers, August 28, 2010: The Return of the Awesome? For the first time in recent memory, the top 5 fantasy bestsellers on amazon.com are not dominated by vampire/teen novels! And it only took the king, the Elvis of fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien to dethrone the fad. Not a bad trio to round out the top three really, with Towers of Midnight holding strong, and Terry Brooks’ latest Shannara novel (Kindle version) rounding out the top 3. I’m so happy I’m not sure what to do with myself now.

  1. The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun by J.R.R. Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien
  2. Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
  3. Bearers of the Black Staff: Legends of Shannara by Terry Brooks
  4. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
  5. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
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Amazon’s Top 5 Fantasy Bestsellers, August 21, 2010

Towers of Midnight vaults into first place this week. Woot! Other notables in the top 25 include Bearers of the Black Staff by Terry Brooks at number 21, The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson at number 22, and amazingly A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin comes in at 24, after being published in 1996!

  1. Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
  2. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
  3. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
  4. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
  5. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
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Amazon’s Top 5 Fantasy Bestsellers, August 14, 2010

In a week where Charlaine Harris owns three of the top five slots, Towers of Midnight makes a grand entrance in the number three spot. Other notables in the top 25 this week are Bearers of the Black Staff by Terry Brooks coming in at number 20, and Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson barely making the cut at number 25.

  1. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
  2. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
  3. Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
  4. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
  5. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
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