Saturday, February 7, 2009

Speculative Fiction Sales Ruled 2008!

According to Book Scan, eight of the top ten best selling fiction books of '08 fell under the speculative category. While Stephanie Meyer clearly owned last year, there were plenty of wizards, dragons and alien parasites to go around. Whether it was YA fiction or books aimed at a more mature audience, ghosts and goblins forced consumers to open their wallets last year. If this trend continues, '09 could be a very good year for us all.

1 Breaking Dawn -- Meyer, Stephenie 3,310,000
2 Twilight -- Meyer, Stephenie 3,175,000
3 New Moon -- Meyer, Stephenie 2,667,000
4 Eclipse -- Meyer, Stephenie 2,563,000
5 The Shack -- Young, William 2,551,000
6 The Tales of Beedle the Bard -- Rowling, JK 1,822,000

7 Brisingr -- Paolini, Christopher 1,312,000
8 The Appeal -- Grisham, John 954,000
9 New Moon -- Meyer, Stephenie 890,000
10 The Host -- Meyer, Stephenie 794,000



Matthew Baugh said...


You could just about justify putting THE SHACK into the spec fic category too. It's supernatural handling of religious themes is at least unusual for mainstream.

Bobbie Metevier said...

I've been wanting to read the shack. I'm strongly considering it.

Catherine J Gardner said...

Who allowed John Grisham on that allowed?

Jamie Eyberg said...

I haven't read any of those books. Although I did buy the Rowling book for my wife.

Aaron Polson said...

Huzzah for Spec Fic! Fantasy is better than reality in a recession/depression.

Bobbie Metevier said...

I agree 100%, Aaron!