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- Print Length: 238 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; 01 edition (13 Sept. 2016)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FVDGRB6
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer reviews: 118 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #292,997 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel Kindle Edition
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Non-formulaic, eye-opening, deeply-researched - and really worth your time (GQ)
[Archer's and Jockers'] enthusiasm and passion for literature shines through ... Thought-provoking and interesting (David Bond Financial Times)
Archer is not some Silicon Valley whizz-kid looking to reduce the novel to 0s and 1s, nor is she a pretentious academic coming over the hills to sling around jargon about middlebrow novels. . . [She] is smart, savvy and full of ideas (The Times)
[The] claims are eye-grabbing . . . [and] also highly plausible (Spectator)
Fascinating (David Aaronovitch The Times)
Reveals the diverse directions in which popular fiction may be taken . . . The bestseller-ometer may find its most noble application as a democratizing force (Atlantic)
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, Sunday Times #1 bestselling author)
The Bestseller Code is an intriguing read and its analysis of what makes a plot tick and how readers are grabbed is compelling (Literary Review)
Interesting ... This book is full of fascinating facts (Mark O'Connell Observer) --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Jodie Archer bought and edited books for Penguin UK before she decamped for the doctoral program in English at Stanford University. After her PhD, she worked at Apple as their research lead on literature. She is now a full-time writer. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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I have a serious problem with the way they have looked at the data. I find they have "backfitted" somewhat. For example, if you see that Stephen King has had dozens of bestsellers over the years and then match up the next Stephen King with the Bestseller data then it will obviously give the new one a high chance of success.
Also there wasn't enough time spent on looking at frontlist sales/ backlist sales, distribution, marketing spend, social media hype etc. "Robert Galbraith" was doing absolutely nothing out of the ordinary until it was revealed as JK Rowling (hence why the reveal was made).
Also metrics like the ratio of 'the' and 'a' that people like Stephen King and J.K. Rowling use do actually give some insight into the type of prose people like to read. However, It's not surprising that bestsellers have less instances of the word 'very' than non-bestsellers -- presumably they're just better edited.
What does that means for the reader of this book who doesn’t have access to the algorithm? It’s an interesting read as it’s a fascinating process. The data it comes up with is certainly interesting. Beyond that I’m not sure this book really needs to exist unless it’s just a way to show off/advertise their cool algorithm outside of industry and academic circles. It’s a bit like reading a user manual to a piece of technology you don’t own.
It’s also hard to say what authors aiming to write popular bestsellers can actually learn from this information. Especially if they can’t use the algorithm themselves. I only took away two or three bits of advice a writer could use if they were aiming to write a mass market novel (see spoilers).
It’s an interesting read that people into computers might get more out of than readers of bestsellers. It was worth a read but I would warn you not to get too excited unless you can get to use the algorithm yourself for commercial or academic purposes.
SPOILERS (This probably oversimplifies the findings and reveals that I fundamentally misunderstood what I’ve read):
Have the story seesaw wildly between extremes of happy-sad, safe-danger etc. within mere pages of each other to create a rollercoaster of a ride.
The theme of human closeness is possibly the most popular subject matter.
Use lots of active descriptions so the characters are doing things instead of just sitting around not doing things.
The content, as others have said, gives little to no information about the algorithms used and that means there's no chance of checking out the content. And I'm 100% certain that no computer was used to provide the chapter on book titles. A whole section devoted (and I mean devoted) to 50 Shades of Grey? Well, it's designed to persuade you that the reason for it being a bestseller was its structure.
This was a good idea appallingly executed. A missed opportunity.
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Written by a writer and academic it did sometimes feel that the academic view of justifying the research and hypothesis was too slow. I would have liked more of an emphasis on the craft of writing.
Das Buch an sich ist toll und sinnvoll für mein Studium. Nur der angekommene Zustand geht gar nicht. Da ich es brauche, werde ich es nicht zurück schicken, aber ein Entgegenkommen im Preis wärw wünschenswert.
After reading it, I was relieved to learn that human creativity is alive and well. But we can find patterns to improve our writing style and connect with readers on a deeper level. If you want to understand your readers better and deeper their experience of your work, read this!
For readers - you may discover why you loved that special book so much!
The authors of this book did a massive amount of research and then masterfully explained it between these two covers. This book will not give you a formula for creating a bestseller: The authors are clear that successful authorship starts with personal mastery of your craft. This book will, however, create an awareness of some important differences between successful authors and the wannabes.
This book also illustrates a process for solving an incredibly complex problem using multiple attacks and dis-assembling into components. People interested in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer-aided problem solving will find this especially interesting.