It’s not a matter of life or death, it’s more serious than that……… the riddle of unloved sci-fi

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Following a late night debate over a beer or two, I recently researched the best selling films of all time

I like all kinds of fiction and non-fiction in films, TV and books. I like comedy, horror, adventures dramas and such like. I only draw the line at ‘crud’ and the majority of chick flicks. So that also rules out anything Twilight related. (Yes I can’t stand them – for me the Underworld series is a far better story)

I began writing Sean Yeager Adventures because it felt right and because it arose from my interests as a youngster. We used to have no end of sci-fi on TV: UFO, Dr Who, Star Trek, Blake’s 7. And at the lighter end we had Danger Mouse, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and many more. I guess some of it rubbed off and then Star Wars happened…

So back to the film stats. It turns out that nearly 1/3 of the top selling films of all time are sci-fi and they account for just under 1/3 of the gross income for the top 50 (that’s about 28% or $13.2 Bn).

The big winners are of course well known:

  • Avatar
  • Star Wars
  • Transformers
  • Inception
  • ET
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Matrix

To which we can add other big films like the Terminator, Alien and Star Trek series who fall outside the top 50.

And my point is?

Simply this – how come there are so few top selling books that are sci-fi?

I don’t believe for a second that sci-fi lovers don’t buy or read books.

Happy reading

D.M. Jarrett

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2 thoughts on “It’s not a matter of life or death, it’s more serious than that……… the riddle of unloved sci-fi

  1. Author Quiz (@AuthorQuiz)

    As a fan of sci-fi myself it’s encouraging to know that sci-fi movies make up such a large percentage of the top selling movies of all time.

    Maybe part of the reason that doesn’t always translate to book sales is that movies have the added advantage of special effects. However, books like Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? for example show that well-written fiction can recreate a futuristic world just as well as a big special effects budget.

    1. seanyeageradventures Post author

      Yes I found it surprising, until you see the list of blockbusters.

      Hence my mission to try and encourage more adventure, sci-fi readers in the younger years.

      From a writing angle I’ve found personally that it is no more daunting to write sci-fi than another genre such as fantasy or reality based drama.
      Of course I mix them up anyway – as will become even more evident in Hunters Hunted.
      It certainly seems that sci-fi fiction has an unusual relationship with the established press. And yet it informs so much of humankind’s progress…
      That takes some figuring out.

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