A Rise in Book Trends for 2018

Although we are in the middle of 2018, this year will still see a good increase in book trends. There are several book-to-movie adaptations that are coming out this year. Some include Mary, Queen of Scots, Red Sparrow, and The Little Stranger.

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In 2017, Stephen King’s It placed 12th on USA Today’s best sellers list. Wonder by R. J. Palacio lead the list.

If the book trends of 2017 are any sign, the novels from adaptations this year could see a sharp increase in sales. In fact, it could even grow. I wonder what the driving force is behind such trends. One would think the movie-goer would feel that they know the story. The opposite is proving to be true.

The book needs a push.

To get a person who doesn’t normally shop at a bookstore, the novel needs a push. Maybe everyone is reading it. That happened with Fifty Shades of Grey. Presently, the best way to reach that push is through film and television.

Because we have all different platforms giving us our content, there is a demand for more novels providing the source material. It isn’t about the way people devour films, either.

People want a rich story too.

The popularity of Game of Thrones, It, and The Handmaid’s Tale show us that people enjoy a deep story with complex elements. Some want to dig into the world. They will turn to Wikis and websites devoted to the works and the actual books.

Do you have any novel-to-film adaptations you are looking forward to? Comment below and let me know.

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Lydia lives in New York with her husband, a dark fantasy novelist, as well as their daughter. They are regular contributors to several charities, including the rescue of exotic cats from abuse.

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