UK’s Top Selling 100 Books of All Time

The Guardian published the UK’s Neilson tracking system announcement of the UK’s Top Selling Books of all time ( or at least since they began tracking in 1998). Stephenie Meyer Novels are all high on the list.

1 Da Vinci Code,The Brown, Dan Corgi Books 4,522,025 22,857,837.53
2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Rowling, J. K. Bloomsbury Pub PLC 3,844,316 19,853,187.43
3 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Rowling, J. K. Bloomsbury Pub PLC 3,184,492 16,224,021.98
4 Angels and Demons Brown, Dan Corgi Books 3,096,850 15,537,324.84
5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Rowling, J. K. Bloomsbury Pub PLC 3,043,226 33,925,431.19
6 Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince:Children’s Edition Rowling, J. K. Bloomsbury Pub PLC 2,947,565 28,030,020.14
7 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Rowling, J. K. Bloomsbury Pub PLC 2,842,059 25,028,396.30
8 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Rowling, J. K. Bloomsbury Pub PLC 2,776,314 14,140,490.93
9 Twilight Meyer, Stephenie ATOM 2,105,862 10,148,762.73
10 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Rowling, J. K. Bloomsbury Pub PLC 2,057,397 10,745,711.77
11 Deception Point Brown, Dan Corgi Books 2,018,264 10,047,195.89
12 New Moon Meyer, Stephenie ATOM 1,975,659 9,425,640.57
13 Lovely Bones,The Sebold, Alice Picador 1,942,042 11,561,201.71
14 Digital Fortress Brown, Dan Corgi Books 1,911,943 9,642,124.01
15 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time,The Haddon, Mark Vintage 1,868,969 10,196,570.23
16 Eclipse Meyer, Stephenie ATOM 1,846,171 8,981,704.14
17 Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,The:Millennium Trilogy Larsson, Stieg Quercus 1,697,425 9,205,553.55
18 Kite Runner,The Hosseini, Khaled Bloomsbury Pub PLC 1,551,953 9,317,049.76
19 Time Traveler’s Wife,The Niffenegger, Audrey Vintage 1,496,081 8,227,127.81
20 World According to Clarkson,The Clarkson, Jeremy Penguin Books 1,447,188 7,503,190.76
21 Atonement McEwan, Ian Vintage 1,396,366 8,671,447.35
22 Lost Symbol,The Brown, Dan Bantam Press 1,370,347 13,052,345.93
23 Short History of Nearly Everything,A Bryson, Bill Black Swan 1,334,635 9,911,709.25
24 Breaking Dawn Meyer, Stephenie ATOM 1,315,685 12,034,126.42

Twight Saga Books Take 3 Out of 5 Top Seller Positions in Scotland

BreeTannerAccording to the Daily Record, Twilight Saga books continued to be strong sellers in Scotland this year.

“The Oor Wullie Book: 2011 topped the chart ahead of Meyer’s The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.

The Guinness World Records 2011 was third while two other books from Meyer’s worldwide hit Twilight vampire series, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, were fourth and fifth.”

Oor Willie is a Scottish comic strip that has been around for over 70 years. The Oor Willie book is a compilation of comic strips.

MTV: The Twilight Saga Year in Review

BreeTannerMTV recaps 2010 Twilight style:

“Last year we listed off the movies, TV shows and other pop-cult gems we were most excited for in 2010, and though the Wizarding World of Harry Potter got the top spot (come on, it’s a theme park), “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” was the movie we were most looking forward to. It’s been a big year for “The Twilight Saga,” and “Eclipse” definitely did not disappoint. As another year of “Twilight“‘s domination is about to begin, we figured now would be a good time to look back at the series’ biggest moments in 2010.”

Check it out on MTV

Former Summit Board Member Called Out For Misrepresenting The Twilight Saga

Summit LogoNikki Finke from Deadline Hollywood has the scoop and the emails on this one. The long and short of it seems that there is a former Summit board member who is/was showing the movies to audiences at what were billed as charity screenings. At these screenings, actors associated with the franchise were solicited to appear. There were also set visits auctioned off without that were apparently without authorization.

According to Nikki Finke:

“Failure may be an orphan in Hollywood, but success has many fathers. I’ve learned that Summit Entertainment has sent a letter threatening legal action if this NYC-based businessman continues to “misrepresent that he’s involved in the ownership, management, decision-making, and operations” of Summit. Last time the studio warned him, he was claiming involvement with Summit’s New Moon and Breaking Dawn movies in the Twilight saga.”

See more details including the correspondence from the legal team and parties involved here.

It looks like the Summit legal team is pretty busy. Over the past year they have been/are currently involved in lawsuits stemming from people hacking into their photographer’s server and distributing unauthorized photos from Eclipse to stopping magazines from running photos for which they did not obtain the proper licensing.

White Twilight Saga Books Are Out

We told you about the Twilight Saga books getting a repackaging in the UK back in August. Instead of the iconic black and red they opted for white. You can actually have the items sent to the USA as Laura found out quite accidentally. She looked them up on her Amazon UK account when she first heard about them, and she saved them in her shopping cart so she could write the story. Well…you guessed it…she forgot to remove the items from her shopping cart, and now she has a set of the white UK books here in the USA.

The books came yesterday and there are a couple of noticeable items:

1. They are paperbacks and smaller in dimensions than the USA produced paperbacks.

2. They don’t have any wording on the covers, just the image associated with the book. No title, no author, nothing!

3. The pages are all edged in blood red rather than just the typical paper stock.

4. Only Twilight-Breaking Dawn is available, not Bree Tanner.

Check out Amazon UK and other UK retailers to get the books.

Twilight Sales Reached Saturation Point?

twilight-booksThe Daemon’s book blog has noted that Twilight sales have fallen off:

“For the first time in over three years, none of the books in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga are on USA Today’s top 50 Best-Selling Books list. At least one or more of the four books had been on the list since July 12, 2007 (170 consecutive weeks).

Breaking Dawn fell from the top 50 to number 54, Twilight is at 172, New Moon is number 238, and Eclipse is 198.

Meyer’s publicist tells USA Today that they expect to see a spike in book sales when the Breaking Dawn movie hit theaters in December[Lexicon note: article error on the author's part, possibly they meant the Eclipse DVD]. Plus, Meyer is releasing The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide in April, and that is sure to put her back on the bestseller list.

Read more at Daemon’s books.

Three years is quite a solid run for any book to remain on a top 50 list. Most author’s would given their first-born just to make the list for a week.  A quick glance at the list reveals 8 YA/middle school titles on the list. Suzanne Collins has three titles on the list. So the good news is that those books which are not recognized on other lists are still strong sellers.

What do you think, have the books reached their inevitable saturation point, or will new books and movies bring and upswing?

Twilight Book Burning By Portland Vampires

Well, one of the great things about living in America is that you have to a large degree the freedom of expression (No yelling “fire” in a crowded theater, and all that.). Granted the above seems to be a theatrical-type street event, but in our opinion, it’s hard to see any book burned under any circumstance. It just brings to mind images of very unfortunate events in history. What’s your take?

Via RPattzNews

Why Are Vampires Sucking In Female Fans

Arizona Central explores vampires from Bella Lugosi’s classic interpretation to current favorites like the vampires of True Blood and Twilight, and examines what has changed to spark the current interest. They talk about the common ties even though each mythology is different. (photo credit: Crystal Ochoa/The Arizona Republic)

“In business terms, the numbers are huge. The first three “Twilight” films, featuring Stephenie Meyer’s brooding teen vampires, have earned a cumulative $1.76 billion at the box office, according to the “Hollywood Reporter.” “True Blood” has emerged as HBO’s most successful show since “The Sopranos.” And in the publishing world, Meyer’s books have sold around 100 million copies.

“This particular subject seems inexhaustible at the moment,” says Jay A. Fernandez, who wrote about the business of vampires for the “Hollywood Reporter.” “If you really widen your gaze to the different types of pop culture, it’s endless.”

See more on Arizona Central

Which Twilight Star in a Non-Twilight Role Do You Want to See

MTV has a poll up that does a really good rundown of the movies releasing within the next year that have Twilight stars as part of the cast. Some are starring roles like Kristen Stewart in On the Road and others are feature roles like Jamie Campbell Bower in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Here are some trailers with the choices

Cam Gigandet in Priest


Jamie Campbell Bower in Harry Potter

The Girlfriend Jackson Rathbone

Head over to MTV and vote for your favorite.

MSNBC: Is Twilight Altering Teen Minds

MSNBC has an article up on Twilight and books in general affecting teenagers’ minds. We don’t do too much editorial around here, but today we’re going to.

Of course we have the old “Bella is a poor role model” rehashed again. Personally we love how they always forget that it’s Bella that goes to Italy to rescue Edward, and that Bella continuously tries to help in the ways any human can when dealing with supernaturally strong creatures (third wife blood trick). A human male would be just as powerless.  Once she’s a vampire with the superpowers she competes with the guys (and girls for that matter) just fine.

Here’s part of the MSNBC article:

Is Bella a good role model?
Attendees at the conference included experts in neuroscience, psychology, art, literature and music, as well as writers such as Meg Rosoff, author of “How I Live Now” and other teen titles.

While teens might be turning the pages of ” Twilight ” for the plot and romance, other takeaways from the books may be having a lasting impact, too.

The series follows Bella, a teenage girl who falls in love with a much older vampire named Edward. Some critics have argued that Bella’s passivity, and the story’s abstinence-until-marriage message, are anti-feminist.

“If you look very, very clearly at what kind of values the ‘Twilight’ books propagate, these are very conservative values that do not in any way endorse independent thinking or personal development or a woman’s position as an independent creature,” Nikolajeva said. “That’s quite depressing.”

One of our  favorite criticisms is when articles talk about Bella cooking and doing laundry while living with Charlie, but she did that and more while living with Renee. So, it’s antifeminist with Charlie, but not with Renee? How does that work exactly? Bella is essentially the adult in her relationship with her mother and her father doesn’t keep tabs on her. It’s more a statement grownups not acting like grownups, but again it does mirror what goes on in society. How many adult do we know that don’t exactly know what their kids are doing?

The book series has women like Jane, Alice, and Leah who is would be hard to categorize as anything but independent and strong willed. It’s clear in the books that Leah, Sam, and Emily have had sex outside of marriage. So the book is a hidden treatise on subservience and abstinence how exactly?

Now does Bella always stand up to Edward and Jacob as firmly as many would like? No. But at the same time, do all of us stand up to people effectively? No. So maybe what’s eating at certain people and at the same time is  why Bella is relatable to a lot of people is that as a whole most people are not uber good at standing up for themselves all the time. It’s a skill acquired over time. In our teens most of us aren’t really good at it, and a lot of us still aren’t great with it twenty years later.

So what are we saying? Maybe, just maybe, could folks put things in context and realize that things aren’t that black and white? Twilight is no more the best book ever written any more than it’s mind control going to warp an entire generation of girls. Taking lots of things out of context frankly makes the people doing that look stupid. The more sexualized vampire books/movies that are out there aren’t creating an undo influence either, and they too are wildly popular.

Some of the comments we liked on the MSNBC site we thought summed things up pretty well:

“No doubt, Noone can just have fun from a story any longer. We must analyze and pick it apart, conduct a study on it, discuss it, and then either applaud it or trash it. The majority of young people are stable, some are not. Some will carry out fantasy into their reality and potentially hurt others. Do we blame the story? no. I’m certainly going to discourage my daughters from having sex too early, but in the end, it’s their choice.”

” “Some critics have argued that Bella’s passivity, and the story’s abstinence-until-marriage message, are anti-feminist.”

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Seriously? Now only the female in the relationship is allowed to assert values? Why is it anti-feminist for the male to stand up for what he believes in? Does feminism mean he is allowed NO rights whatsoever? And it’s apparently against the laws of literature for the main female character to have a passive personality. God forbid someone show some realism!! It’s not as if passive people don’t exist. Also, this idiot obviously didn’t read the series as I didn’t find Bella passive at all, more thoughtful and introverted. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the books, but at least I paid attention when I read them.”

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(edited for clarity)This one we thought was hilarious, because it shows how you can ridiculously take anything wildly out of contest to suit your point of view. In a longer comment that proceeds the below information, the author actually agrees with our point of view and does the below to show how you can warp anything if it suits you.:

“Here look at it from the otherside for a minute the side of things only those of us truly comfortable with the “lifestyle” can openly speak about.

Bella is a Masochistic, dominatrix who wanted the ability to fully exert control over her subs.

1) Bella manipulates Edward, constantly taunting him, teasing him, and tempting him.

2) Bella Clings to the fact that she is Klutz and constantly puts herself into sticky situations.

3) Upon discovering the truth she fully manipulates Edward and his family, and tempts him further causing him great emotional strain.

4) Bella gets on a strangers motorcycle, jumps off a cliff and runs away to Europe

5)Bella is constantly manipulating Edward and others in an attempt to be changed.

6) She continues to play two men off eachother while giving both the illusion they will get a peice

7) She knows the baby will result in her death and subsequently obtaining the power she so desires.

OMG I just got all that from the same book you did and NONE of it involved bella being a sub. But it did kind of alude to how much of a subby little B**** that Edward and Jacob were.

Bella while not a great role model for teenagers is a role model for strong minded women everywhere….”

There are billions of us that read the books, understand it’s escapist fantasy, enjoyed the romance, are living our lives, and rolling our eyes at the “We have to save the children mentality”. Teens are no more completely forsaking all and emulating Bella anymore than they are practicing witchcraft due to Herminone, preparing for a post apocalyptic world with Katniss. Adults aren’t changing into Bella any more than they are Sookie.