What are the most popular plots in books?

The Booker Prize list of nominees is probably a very good place to start investigating popular plots for a book. The infographic below tracks the themes of this years longlisters and it is immediately obvious that Death and Love occupy the top two positions. If you look carefully, though, you will find the one surprising little theme that gave me a chuckle. Yes, I think I will definitely include and Escaped Tiger in my next book.

booker prize popular plots

Mind you, I’m rather disappointed by the absence of evil aliens and time warping spaceships. Maybe next year!


Booker Prize Infographic from Delayed Gratification, the Slow Journalism magazine.
Click here for zoomable version.

What Are The Most Popular Plots?

One thought on “What Are The Most Popular Plots?

  • 09/11/2014 at 3:47 am

    What a complicated – but pretty – diagram! Not sure about the tiger though…

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