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:
- Star Wars
- 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.