This week has Teen and Young Adult readers looking for adventure. Fantasy is a massive genre this week, along with Magical Academy Books, Paranormal Romance, Romance in general, LitRPG novels, and Biographies of icons.
There is a lot of classic Fantasy on the chart this week, all of the Harry Potter books are present on the chart. But older classics are also popular, such as Ursula K. Le Guin’s, A Wizard of Earthsea and Tolkien’s, The Hobbit. It is clear from this that Secondary World Fantasy is extremely popular this week, as are worlds with a lot of magic fed through them. More recent Fantasy novels are also doing well, with multiple books from Charlie N. Holmberg on the chart, plus The Hundredth Queen, by Emily R. King. These books feature settings outside of the Tolkien tradition, which does suggest that the younger generation is not stymied by an artificial narrowing of the genre.
Magical Academy Books, and the attendant Paranormal Romance genre, are very common in the chart this week, as they are every week. Dragons are a major theme this week, with shape shifters and magic systems based on the creatures proving popular. These books almost all feature a female lead, and Reverse Harems and Love Triangles are both popular.
Similarly, in Romance, High School settings are very common. These books tend to feature a lot of Bully Romance and Sports Romance themes. Other Romance novels feature Dark Romance themes, which also has connections to the Bully Romance niche.
Once again, LitRPG has a major part of the chart given over to it. These books tend to have a younger age range for protagonists than the general books, since they are focused on the Teen and YA market, and a surprising number of them also feature Magical Academies, even if they are within the world of a game.
There are also some biographies on the chart. Some of these make sense as Teen and YA books, for example, Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover deals with themes common to the genre, such as furthering ones passions. And Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her, is clearly a book about a popular teenage icon and a book designed to inspire readers. But the choice of someone to put Permanent Record, the Edward Snowden biography in the Teen and YA category is a bit odd. This isn’t to say that lots of people in this age group wouldn’t be interested by it, but it’s strange to see the publishers trying to claim this part of the market for it.
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