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The Bestseller Code

The Bestseller Code
Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel

by Jodie Archer,Matthew L. Jockers

  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release : 2016-09-20
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 1250088283
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"When a story captures the imagination of millions, that's magic. Can you qualify magic? Archer and Jockers just may have done so."—Sylvia Day, New York Times bestselling author Ask most people about massive success in the world of fiction, and you’ll typically hear that it’s a game of hazy crystal balls. The sales figures of E. L. James or Dan Brown seem to be freakish—random occurrences in an unknowable market. But what if there were an algorithm that could reveal a secret DNA of bestsellers, regardless of their genre? What if it knew, just from analyzing the words alone, not just why genre writers like John Grisham and Danielle Steel belong on the lists, but also that authors such as Junot Diaz, Jodi Picoult, and Donna Tartt had telltale signs of success all over their pages? Thanks to Jodie Archer and Matthew Jockers, the algorithm exists, the code has been cracked, and the results bring fresh new insights into how fiction works and why we read. The Bestseller Code offers a new theory for why Fifty Shades of Grey sold so well. It sheds light on the current craze for dark heroines. It reveals which themes tend to sell best. And all with fascinating supporting data taken from a five-year study of twenty thousand novels. Then there is the hunt for "the one"—the paradigmatic example of bestselling writing according to a computer's analysis of thousands of points of data. The result is surprising, a bit ironic, and delightfully unorthodox. This book explains groundbreaking text-mining research in accessible terms and offers a new perspective on the New York Times bestseller list. It's a big-idea book about the relationship between creativity and technology that will be provocative to anyone interested in how analytics have already transformed the worlds of finance, medicine, and sports. But at heart it is a celebration of books for readers and writers—a compelling investigation into how successful writing works, and a fresh take on our intellectual and emotional response to stories.

The Bestseller Code

The Bestseller Code
A Book

by Jodie Archer And Matthew Jockers,Jodie Archer

  • Publisher : Allen Lane
  • Release : 2016-09-13
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9780241243701
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"Girl on the Train. Fifty Shades. The Goldfinch.Why do some books capture the whole world's attention? What secret DNA do they share? In The Bestseller Code, Archer and Jockers boldly claim that blockbuster hits are highly predictable, and they have created the algorithm to prove it. Using cutting-edge text mining techniques, they have developed a model that analyses theme, plot, style and character to explain why some books resonate more than others with readers. Provocative, entertaining, and ground-breaking, The Bestseller Codeexplores the hidden patterns at work in the biggest hits and, more importantly, the real reasons we love to read."

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by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Becoming Bestsellers: John Grisham and Danielle Steel (Sample from Chapter 2 of THE BESTSELLER CODE)

Becoming Bestsellers: John Grisham and Danielle Steel (Sample from Chapter 2 of THE BESTSELLER CODE)
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by Jodie Archer,Matthew L. Jockers

  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release : 2016-08-16
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 1250137950
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This sneak peek teaser - featuring literary giants John Grisham and Danielle Steele - from Chapter 2 of The Bestseller Code, a groundbreaking book about what a computer algorithm can teach us about blockbuster books, stories, and reading, reveals the importance of topic and theme in bestselling fiction according to percentages assigned by what the authors refer to as the “bestseller-ometer.” Although 55,000 novels are published every year, only about 200 hit the lists, a commercial success rate of less than half a percent. When the computer was asked to “blindly” select the most likely bestsellers out of 5,000 books published over the past thirty years based only on theme, it discovered two possible candidates: The Accident by Danielle Steel and The Associate by John Grisham. The computer recognized quantifiable patterns in their seemingly opposite, but undeniably successful writing careers with legal thrillers and romance. In Chapter 2, Archer and Jockers analyze this data and divulge the most and least likely to best sell topics and themes in fiction with a human discussion of the “why” behind these results. The Bestseller Code is a big-idea book about the relationship between creativity and technology. At heart it is a celebration of books for readers and writers—a compelling investigation into how successful writing works.

Criminal Moves

Criminal Moves
Modes of Mobility in Crime Fiction

by Jesper Gulddal,Alistair Rolls,Stewart King

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2020-01-31
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 1789620589
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Criminal Moves: Modes of Mobility in Crime Fiction offers a major intervention into contemporary theoretical debates about crime fiction. It seeks to overturn the following preconceptions: that the genre does not warrant critical analysis, that genre norms and conventions matter more than textual individuality, and that comparative perspectives are secondary to the study of the British-American canon. Criminal Moves challenges the distinction between literary and popular fiction and proposes that crime fiction be seen as constantly violating its own boundaries. Centred on three axes of mobility, the essays ask how can we imagine a mobile reading practice that realizes the genre's full textual complexity, without being limited by the authoritative self-interpretations provided by crime narratives; how we can overcome restrictive notions of 'genre', 'formula' or 'popular'; and how we can establish transnational perspectives that challenge the centrality of the British-American tradition and recognize that the global history of crime fiction is characterized, not by the existence of parallel national traditions, but rather by processes of appropriation and transculturation. Criminal Moves presents a comprehensive reinterpretation of the history of the genre that also has profound ramifications for how we read individual crime fiction texts.

The Bestseller

The Bestseller
A Book

by Olivia Goldsmith

  • Publisher : HarperTorch
  • Release : 1997-06-14
  • Pages : 720
  • ISBN : 9780061096082
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The author of The First Wives Club offers a novel of romance and revenge about the vicious competition among five would-be authors to ascend the publishing world on the wings of their first best-seller. Reprint.

The Bestseller Job

The Bestseller Job
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by Greg Cox,Electric Entertainment

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2013-05-07
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 1101622245
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The new Leverage Novel in the series that includes The Con Job and The Zoo Job The rich and powerful take what they want. We steal it back for you. THE BESTSELLER JOB After bestselling author Gavin Lee is killed by a hit-and-run driver, his estranged brother Brad appears out of nowhere to claim the estate, cutting off Gavin’s girlfriend and secret collaborator, Denise. Luckily, Denise knows Gavin had a good friend in Eliot Spencer. It’s not money Denise is worried about. Gavin had intended to donate much of his profits to human-rights organizations, and Brad has no plan to honor those wishes. So the team sets out to use Brad’s own greed to get him out of the picture. But soon Denise notices she’s being followed. Is it Brad? Her boyfriend’s mysterious informant? Or his killer? Whoever it is, Nate and the crew will have to read between the lines if they’re going to close the book on this case. Based on the hit TV series Leverage!

Hit Lit

Hit Lit
Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century's Biggest Bestsellers

by James W. Hall

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2012-04-10
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 0679604960
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF WHAT MAKES A MEGA-BESTSELLER IN THIS ENTERTAINING, REVELATORY GUIDE What do Michael Corleone, Jack Ryan, and Scout Finch have in common? Creative writing professor and thriller writer James W. Hall knows. Now, in this entertaining, revelatory book, he reveals how bestsellers work, using twelve twentieth-century blockbusters as case studies—including The Godfather, Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Jaws. From tempting glimpses inside secret societies, such as submariners in The Hunt for Red October, and Opus Dei in The Da Vinci Code, to vivid representations of the American Dream and its opposite—the American Nightmare—in novels like The Firm and The Dead Zone, Hall identifies the common features of mega-bestsellers. Including fascinating and little-known facts about some of the most beloved books of the last century, Hit Lit is a must-read for fiction lovers and aspiring writers alike, and makes us think anew about why we love the books we love.

Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers

Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers
From Charlotte Temple to The Da Vinci Code

by Sarah Churchwell,Thomas Ruys Smith

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release : 2012-08-02
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 1441195130
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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What is it about certain books that makes them bestsellers? Why do some of these books remain popular for centuries, and others fade gently into obscurity? And why is it that when scholars do turn their attention to bestsellers, they seem only to be interested in the same handful of blockbusters, when so many books that were once immensely popular remain under-examined? Addressing those and other equally pressing questions about popular literature, Must Read is the first scholarly collection to offer both a survey of the evolution of American bestsellers as well as critical readings of some of the key texts that have shaped the American imagination since the nation's founding. Focusing on a mix of enduring and forgotten bestsellers, the essays in this collection consider 18th and 19th century works, like Charlotte Temple or Ben-Hur, that were once considered epochal but are now virtually ignored; 20th century favorites such as The Sheik and Peyton Place; and 21st century blockbusters including the novels of Nicholas Sparks, The Kite Runner, and The Da Vinci Code.

The Bestseller

The Bestseller
A Book

by Lila Ramsey

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1981
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9780671832773
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction
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by John Sutherland

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2007-10-25
  • Pages : 127
  • ISBN : 0199214891
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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For the last century, the tastes and preferences of readers of fiction have been reflected in the American and British bestseller lists, and this Very Short Introduction takes an engaging look through the lists to reveal what we have been reading - and why.

The Making of a Bestseller

The Making of a Bestseller
Success Stories from Authors and the Editors, Agents, and Booksellers Behind Them

by Brian Edward Hill,Dee Power

  • Publisher : Kaplan
  • Release : 2005
  • Pages : 251
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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For each of the 150,000 books published in 2002, there are dozens that are still hoping to see the light of day. Bowkers estimates less than 1% to successfully climbing the bestseller list. What separates the winners in the battle for bestseller status? Capitalizing on insight gained from interviews with industry experts and authors such as Steve Riggio, Jack Canfield, Spencer Johnson, and more this book takes a comprehensive look at the publishing process from start to finish and, ultimately, what separates a bestselling book from all the other books published each year. Authors and would-be authors all have a curiosity about "how the other guy does it"- and this book takes it one step farther by describing what goes into making a bestseller. This book is for authors and would-be-authors and individuals in the publishing industry.

Bestsellers

Bestsellers
Popular Fiction Since 1900

by Clive Bloom,S. Bloom

  • Publisher : Palgrave MacMillan
  • Release : 2008-10
  • Pages : 425
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This essential guide and reference work provides a unique insight into over 100 years of publishing and reading as well as taking us on a journey into the heart of the British imagination.

The Da Vinci Code [DVD Recording]

The Da Vinci Code [DVD Recording]
A Book

by Kansa Zera

  • Publisher : ares books
  • Release : 2006
  • Pages : 465
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe. An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last. While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter. Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci—and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever. From the Trade Paperback edition. Amazon.com Review With The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown masterfully concocts an intelligent and lucid thriller that marries the gusto of an international murder mystery with a collection of fascinating esoteria culled from 2,000 years of Western history. A murder in the silent after-hour halls of the Louvre museum reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his granddaughter, noted cryptographer Sophie Neveu, and Robert Langdon, a famed symbologist, can untangle. The duo become both suspects and detectives searching for not only Neveu's grandfather's murderer but also the stunning secret of the ages he was charged to protect. Mere steps ahead of the authorities and the deadly competition, the mystery leads Neveu and Langdon on a breathless flight through France, England, and history itself. Brown (Angels and Demons) has created a page-turning thriller that also provides an amazing interpretation of Western history. Brown's hero and heroine embark on a lofty and intriguing exploration of some of Western culture's greatest mysteries--from the nature of the Mona Lisa's smile to the secret of the Holy Grail. Though some will quibble with the veracity of Brown's conjectures, therein lies the fun. The Da Vinci Code is an enthralling read that provides rich food for thought. --Jeremy Pugh From Publishers Weekly Brown's latest thriller (after Angels and Demons) is an exhaustively researched page-turner about secret religious societies, ancient coverups and savage vengeance. The action kicks off in modern-day Paris with the murder of the Louvre's chief curator, whose body is found laid out in symbolic repose at the foot of the Mona Lisa. Seizing control of the case are Sophie Neveu, a lovely French police cryptologist, and Harvard symbol expert Robert Langdon, reprising his role from Brown's last book. The two find several puzzling codes at the murder scene, all of which form a treasure map to the fabled Holy Grail. As their search moves from France to England, Neveu and Langdon are confounded by two mysterious groups-the legendary Priory of Sion, a nearly 1,000-year-old secret society whose members have included Botticelli and Isaac Newton, and the conservative Catholic organization Opus Dei. Both have their own reasons for wanting to ensure that the Grail isn't found. Brown sometimes ladles out too much religious history at the expense of pacing, and Langdon is a hero in desperate need of more chutzpah. Still, Brown has assembled a whopper of a plot that will please both conspiracy buffs and thriller addicts.

Beyond the Bestseller

Beyond the Bestseller
A Literary Agent Takes You Inside the Book Business

by Richard Curtis

  • Publisher : Plume
  • Release : 1990
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN : 9780452264328
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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New York literary agent Curtis tells writers what they must know to get published and to not get taken advantage of by agents, publishers or the IRS. He discusses literary agencies, agent clout, movies into books, multibook deals, advances, book clubs, taxes, publication dates, and the matter of fees, royalties and expenses. No bibliography or index. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Code to Zero

Code to Zero
A Book

by Ken Follett

  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Release : 2010-11-30
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN : 0330472453
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Code to Zero is a fast-paced thriller about the satellite space race in the Cold War, from number one bestselling author Ken Follett. A Man with No Memory A man wakes up to find himself lying on the ground in a railway station, his mind stripped bare of all recollection. He has no idea how he got there; he does not even know his own name. Convinced he is a drunken down and out, it isn’t until a newspaper report about a satellite launch catches his eye, that he suspects all is not what it seems . . . A Race for the Future The year is 1958, and America is about to launch its first satellite in a desperate attempt to match the Soviet Sputnik and regain the lead in the space race. As Luke Lucas gradually unravels the mystery of his amnesia, he realizes that his fate is bound up with that of the rocket that stands ready on launch pad 26B at Cape Canaveral. A World on the Brink As he relearns the story of his life, he uncovers long-kept secrets about his wife, his best friend and the woman he once loved more than life itself. But even more terrifying is the dark secret they tried to make him forget, a secret that threatens America’s survival.

Writing Bestsellers

Writing Bestsellers
Turn Your Small Ideas Into Blockbuster Hits

by Stanley J. Corwin

  • Publisher : Frederick Fell Pub
  • Release : 2000
  • Pages : 185
  • ISBN : 9780883910115
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Everyone has to start somewhere. For the writer, that somewhere should be a place where abundant expert advice is readily available. Through publishing pro Stan Corwin's insider formulas for creating bestsellers, you can now develop a bestselling title and subject, choose the appropriate publisher, promote your book onto the bestseller lists, and make those lucrative film, television, and Internet rights sales. You will learn how to turn even the smallest ideas into blockbuster hits.

Bestsellers (Routledge Revivals)

Bestsellers (Routledge Revivals)
Popular Fiction of the 1970s

by John Sutherland,Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature John Sutherland

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2010-10-04
  • Pages : 282
  • ISBN : 1136830634
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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First published in 1981, this book offers a study of British and American popular fiction in the 1970s, a decade in which the quest for the superseller came to dominate the lives of publishers on both sides of the Atlantic. Illustrated by examples of the lurid incidents that catapult so many books into the bestseller charts, this comprehensive study covers the work of Robbins, Hailey and Maclean, the 'bodice rippers', the disaster craze, horror, war stories and media tie-ins such as The Godfather, Jaws and Star Wars.

New Statesman

New Statesman
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2010
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Bestseller

The Bestseller
A Book

by Eva Fischer-Dixon

  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Release : 2011-12-30
  • Pages : 118
  • ISBN : 1469135833
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Upon spending a passion-filled night with a stranger she met in Munich during the Oktoberfest, Sabrina Bauch, a German nurse working at the US Army Hospital, unexpectedly meets the man she is unable to forget. Army Captain Justin Hollander is just as happy to see her again and after a brief courtship he proposes marriage which Sabrina happily accepts. A month before their scheduled wedding, Sabrinas long-time friend and roommate, Uschi Braun is brutally raped and murdered in their apartment. When Justin is cleared to move on to his new assignment in Arizona, Sabrina joins him and once again becomes a nurse at a local hospital. She accidentally meet one of Justins subordinates, Lieutenant Fuller, who begin to stalk her and--Sabrina feels--threaten her. When an assaulted woman is brought in while she is on duty at the hospital, Sabrina realizes right away that the method of the rape and torture of the woman is the same as that which was used on her friend, Uschi. She consults with a local police detective, but withholds some information that she knows about bloody clothes she saw her husband washing in their house. To Sabrinas surprise, Justin unexpectedly retires from the Army; and they move to California, where Justin encourages Sabrina to follow up on her dream to become a writer. After a few years of struggle and non-recognition, Sabrina eventually gets a break and becomes a very popular bestselling author. Her suspicions about Justin begin to grow when during her research for her suspense novel, she discovers four murders that are in all ways identical to Uschis murder. Sabrina loses her trust in her husband upon discovering the he lied and was unfaithful to her on more than one occasion. A new neighbor, Sean ODonohue, introduces himself to Sabrina as a fellow writer and private investigator, but Sabrina soon finds out that Sean was not what he claims to be. The situation becomes more complicated for Sabrina as she finds herself falling in love with Sean. He forewarns Sabrina that dark forces are waiting to hurt her--a warning that Sabrina knows that she cannot ignore. She must make the right decision: whom can she trust and believe in even as she faces imminent danger.