An article in The Book Standard lists the 200 best selling books of 2005. By my count, 120 of those books are fiction titles. Some of them are even good ones. This would suggest that readers are not eschewing fiction in favour of non-fiction as literary journalists have suggested again and again. Admittedly my quick bit of number crunching isn’t exactly a scientific way to gauge the health of fiction but the doomsayers rarely support their position with proper evidence either. I’m going with a positive slant. After all, could so many litbloggers be wrong?
(Thanks to Bookninja for the link.)