The Bestseller Code

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.

Author: Jodie Archer

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781250088284

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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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.
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The Bestseller Code

"[The authors] claim that not only can mega-hits be explained and identified - but they've built the algorithm to prove it.

Author: Jodie Archer And Matthew Jockers

Publisher: Allen Lane

ISBN: 024124370X


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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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Becoming Bestsellers John Grisham and Danielle Steel Sample from Chapter 2 of THE BESTSELLER CODE

Since then, we've teamed up to explore the hypothesis that bestsellers have a
distinct set of subtle signals, a latent bestseller code. Instead of trying to guess
what book might sell, our idea was to begin by trusting what the readers had
already, ...

Author: Jodie Archer

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781250137951

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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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.
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The Bestseller

Author: Lila Ramsey

Publisher: Pocket

ISBN: 0671832778

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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Mass Market Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism 1972 2017

Archer and Jockers' The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel (
2016) walks a tightrope between the scientific (codes; anatomies) and the
magical (unforeseen connection between readers and books). They ask if writing
a ...

Author: Michael J. Blouin

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319893877

Category: Social Science

Page: 253

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Mass-Market Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism, 1972–2017 tracks the transformation of liberal thought in the contemporary United States through the unique lens of the popular paperback. The book focuses on cultural shifts as they appear in works written by some of the most widely-read authors of the last fifty years: the idea of love within a New Economy (Danielle Steel), the role of government in scientific inquiry (Michael Crichton), entangled political alliances and legacies in the aftermath of the 1960s (Tom Clancy), the restructured corporation (John Grisham), and the blurred line between state and personal empowerment (Dean Koontz). To address the current crisis, this book examines how the changed character of American liberalism has been rendered legible for a mass audience.
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Must Read Rediscovering American Bestsellers

I contend that the significance of The Da Vinci Code, and the reason for its
bestseller status, lies in this interplay between narrative history and fiction. The
novel has provided a cultural site in which the nonacademic public can come
together ...

Author: Sarah Churchwell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441195135

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 384

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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.
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Bestsellers A Very Short Introduction

It is the pace of sale, not the ultimate total of sales, that defines a bestseller. The
Pilgrim's Progress, less than page-turning as it may be as a religious thriller, has
outsold The Da Vinci Code many times over. But it has done so during half a ...

Author: John Sutherland

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191578694

Category: Literary Criticism

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'I rejoice', said Doctor Johnson, 'to concur with the Common Reader.' For the last century, the tastes and preferences of the common reader 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. John Sutherland shows that bestseller lists monitor one of the strongest pulses in modern literature and are therefore worthy of serious study. Along the way, he lifts the lid on the bestseller industry, examines what makes a book into a bestseller, and asks what separates bestsellers from canonical fiction. Exploring the relationship between bestsellers and the fashions, ideologies, and cultural concerns of the day, the book includes short case-studies and lively summaries of bestsellers through the years: from In His Steps - now almost totally forgotten, but the biggest all-time bestseller between 1895 and 1945, to Gone with the Wind and The Andromeda Strain, and The Da Vinci Code. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Hit Lit

Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century's Biggest Bestsellers James W. Hall.
er's 1934 novel, which is set in pre—Civil War Georgia and won the Pulitzer Prize
, will always be a quirky footnote in American bestseller history. After witnessing ...

Author: James W. Hall

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780679604969

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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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.
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Code to Zero

In the next four years I wrote nine more books, but the bestseller I longed for still
eluded me. Slowly, I learned the lesson that car chases and bedroom high jinks
aren't exciting unless the reader cares passionately about the characters in the ...

Author: Ken Follett

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9780330472456

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

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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.
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The Bestseller

A special lock combination was installed which she changed every so often, the
code did not exist in a written form; it was only known to her. The Quiet Room was
actually a very lovely large room with its walls painted in pastels. The entire wall ...

Author: Eva Fischer-Dixon

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781469135830

Category: Fiction

Page: 118

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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.
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The Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomena

In 2003, a writer of popular thriller novels sud- denly emerged from relative
obscurity when his novel The Da Vinci Code, originally published as a paperback
, became an international bestseller. Within two years Dan Brown's novel had
been ...

Author: J Gordon Melton

Publisher: Visible Ink Press

ISBN: 9781578592593

Category: Religion

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From sacred mountains and places of pilgrimage to visions and out-of-body travel, this reference explores unusual and unexplained physical events, apparitions, and other phenomena rooted in religious beliefs. Each entry features a balanced presentation and includes a description of the phenomenon, the religious claims surrounding the occurrence, and a scientific response. Touring the world and history, this comprehensive reference includes entries on angels, comets, Marian apparitions, and religious figures such as Jesus, Mohammad, and Lao Tzu.
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The Making of a Bestseller

In early 2004, after the publication of The Da Vinci Code, Dan's previous books—
Digital Fortress, Deception Point, and Angels and Demons— all held spots on the
New York Times bestseller list during the same week. How did you feel when ...

Author: Brian Edward Hill

Publisher: Kaplan

ISBN: PSU:000057222585

Category: Business & Economics

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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.
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The Obesity Code

The landmark book from New York Times-bestselling author Dr. Jason Fung, one of the world's leading experts on intermittent fasting for weight-loss and longevity, whose 5-step plan has helped thousands of people lose weight and achieve ...

Author: Jason Fung

Publisher: Greystone Books

ISBN: 9781771641272

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 296

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Everything you believe about how to lose weight is wrong. Weight gain and obesity are driven by hormones—in everyone—and only by understanding the effects of insulin and insulin resistance can we achieve lasting weight loss. In this highly readable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps, a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels, Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight—for good.
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The Three Laws of Performance

''You'd better read this book and fast, because it has the code for the future of
your organization. If you can only read one book this year, this is the one.'' Dr.
Clotaire Rapaille, author of the bestseller The Culture Code ''Cracks the code
wide ...

Author: Steve Zaffron

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118170731

Category: Business & Economics

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A proven system for rallying all of an organizations' employees around a new vision and ideas for making the vision stick When something at work isn't going smoothly, managers struggle with what part of the problem to tackle first. Do they start with cost reduction? Or should they go for process improvements first? The authors—who have helped hundreds of companies and individuals change and improve—say spend time and money adjusting the systems in which people operate, rather than targeting people and their performance directly. The authors show that it's in fact possible to change everything at once—with a focus on making such transformations permanent and repeatable. Brand-new Introduction written for the paperback edition Filled with illustrative examples from Northrup Grumman, BHP-Billiton, Reebok, Harvard Business School, and many others Two experts in the field show how to make major transformations happen The book outlines a process for engaging all employees to buy-in to an improved vision of an organization's new and improved future.
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Secrets of the Code

In the case of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, what's so special exactly? That
depends on what makes conspiracy theories so fascinating. The conspiracy
theory at the heart of Dan Brown's huge bestseller was not invented by him (it has

Author: Dan Burstein

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780297864899

Category: Literary Criticism

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Unauthorised (but authoritative) guide to the mysteries behind the phenomenal bestseller THE DA VINCI CODE Readers of Dan Brown's extraordinary bestseller THE DA VINCI CODE are fascinated by the questions raised in the novel. Was Jesus actually married to Mary Magdalene? Was she one of his disciples and did she write her own gospel? Did they have a child together? Did some geniuses of art and science, people like Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton, belong to secret societies that had the most compelling insider information in history, and did Leonardo convey some of these ideas in The Last Supper and other paintings? SECRETS OF THE CODE is the definitive guide to the novel and provides the curious reader with authoritative explorations into the major themes within THE DA VINCI CODE.
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The Gospel Code

You pick up a copy of Dan Brown ' s bestseller The Da Vinci Code . What could
be more fun than reading a real page turner ? This books captures your attention
and holds it as well as any John Grisham novel . Yet for those who have been ...

Author: Ben Witherington

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 083083267X

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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A New Testament scholar refutes claims in "The Da Vinci Code" that the Church has suppressed secret knowledge about Jesus, and offers an assessment of what can be known about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and early Christian writings.
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How to Read a Novel

In the 1980s and 1990s, despite competition from other media, sales of
bestselling novels have continued to rocket – in both hardback ... Over 2003–6,
Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code outsold every previous bestseller,and faster.
Withthe ...

Author: John Sutherland

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781466859999

Category: Reference

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"Do we still know how to read a novel?" John Sutherland, Chairman of the 2005 Booker Prize Committee, asks. His disheartened answer is an unequivocal, "No." But Sutherland has not given up hope. With acerbic wit and intellect, he traces the history of what it used to mean to be well-read and tells readers what it still means today. Using this delightful book as a means to an end, he reminds readers how the delicate charms of fiction can be at once wonderful and inspired and infuriating. On one level this is a book about novels: how they work, what they're about, what makes them good or bad, and how to talk about them. At a deeper level, this is a book in which one of the most intimate tête-à-têtes is described—one in which a reader meets a novel. Will a great love affair begin? Will the rendezvous end in disappointment? Who can say? In order for the relationship to take its appropriate course all the details must be clearly acknowledged and understood for their complexities: plot, point of view, character, style, pace, first and last sentences, and even beauty. Still, Sutherland knows a true understanding of fiction is more than a flirtation with text and style—it is a business. Taking his readers on a trip to the bookshop, he helps them judge a book by its cover based on design and color, wondering aloud what genre might be best, even going so far as to analyze one of the latest American bestsellers to further help the buying reader choose the novel that is right for him or her. In a book that is as wry and humorous as it is learned and opinionated, John Sutherland tells you everything you always wanted to know about how to read fiction better than you do now (but, were afraid to ask).
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Beyond the Bestseller

Bankruptcy Code that invalidate the bankruptcy termination clauses of contracts .
It turns out that book contracts are regarded by Congress as assets comparable
to the furniture , typewriters , and light fixtures of a publisher . Section 365 ( e ) ( 1
) ...

Author: Richard Curtis

Publisher: Plume

ISBN: 0452264324

Category: Education

Page: 40

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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
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The Bestseller

They have worked long and hard to write their novels of romance and murder, drama and love, but the story behind the stories is even more exciting.

Author: Olivia Goldsmith

Publisher: Ganz unten




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From the New York Times bestselling author of THE FIRST WIVES CLUB. At Davis & Dash, one of New York's most prestigious publishing houses, five new authors will be published—but only one of them will be a bestseller. They have worked long and hard to write their novels of romance and murder, drama and love, but the story behind the stories is even more exciting. And the vicious competition to get the right agent, the perfect editor, and the choice spot on the bestseller list must be seen to be believed.
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