26.7.07

Heretical thinking

Today, on LM_NET, a message linked to this post. Suddenly, any numbers of knickers are in a serious twist.

What utter nonsense.

So there's a list of Bestselling Children's Books (since 2000 - so why the outcry just now?). Big deal. There are also lists for:
Hardcover Fiction
Hardcover Nonfiction
Hardcover Advice
Paperback Fiction
Paperback Nonfiction
Paperback Advice

Some see this as ghettoization. Some see it as somehow lessening the importance of children's books - adults won't get to hear about them.

I think the more lists, the merrier. Really: what about a list for mysteries, or sci fi? Think about it: the top seller in one or the other category might never be heard of if everything's subsumed into one list. Just look at what was tops last week (pre-HP):

The Wandmaker's Guidebook, by Ed Masessa.
Fancy Nancy, by Jane O’Connor.
Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy, by Jane O’Connor.
Flotsam, by David Wiesner.
Bad Dog, Marley!, by John Grogan.
Dog, by Matthew Van Fleet.
Pirates Don't Change Diapers, by Melinda Long.
The Lost Files of Nancy Drew, by Carolyn Keene.
Library Lion, by Michelle Knudsen.
The Wizard, by Jack Prelutsky.

CHAPTER BOOKS
New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney.
Wicked Lovely, by Melissa Marr.
Alchemyst, by Michael Scott.
Marley, by John Grogan.
Specials, by Scott Westerfeld.
Warriors Field Guide, by Erin Hunter.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret, written and illustrated by Brian Selznick.
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak.
Summer Ball, by Mike Lupica.

PAPERBACK BOOKS
Sealed with a Diss, by Lisi Harrison.
Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer.
Mugglenet.com's What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7, by Ben Schoen et al.
Eldest, by Christopher Paolini.
Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale.
Transformers: The Junior Novel, by S. G. Wilkens.
It's Not Easy Being Mean, by Lisi Harrison.
Unforgettable, by Cecily von Ziegesar.
Disney-Pixar's Ratatouille, by Kitty Richards.
Nancy Drew, by Daniela Burr.

SERIES BOOKS
Harry Potter, by J. K. Rowling.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, by Rick Riordan.
Junie B., First Grader, by Barbara Park.
Ranger's Apprentice, by John Flanagan.
Maximum Ride, by James Patterson.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Ann Brashares
Magic Tree House, by Mary Pope Osborne
Charlie Bone, by Jenny Nimmo
Pendragon
, by D. J. MacHale
Confessions of Georgia Nicholson, by Louise Rennison

So, how many would you have heard of otherwise?



Thought so.

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