Anatomy of prize-winning books (infographic)

Who is reading prize-winning books?

A new infographic from Goodreads compares common traits of prize-winning books with readers’ preferences.

Who writes more prize-winning books: female or male authors? Which kind of narrative is most commonly used? Which of these books are most read, and which most commonly abandoned?

You’ll find the answers in a new infographic created by Goodreads, and entitled Anatomy of a Prize Winner.

The analytics team at Goodreads examined 95 books that won major book prizes between 2000 and 2017. Pulitzer, National Book Awards, and the Man Booker are among awards that were taken into consideration (Nobel Prize in Literature is not on the list, though).

Compared to the infographic that analyzes in detail plots, authors, background, and narrative techniques of the Man Booker Prize winners, the new visual from Goodreads goes one step further and also shows how the award-winning books are being received by readers.

To learn about readers’ preferences, 40 thousand random Goodreads users were selected, of which 50% were female and 50% male. The readers’ activity was analyzed, letting us learn about who was picking up the books, which books were most often read, and which ones were being abandoned.

You will see the infographic below, and before take a look at the most interesting highlights:

  • 39% of prize-winning books are written by female authors,
  • men write mainly about male protagonists, while female authors write equally about men and women,
  • over a half of prize-winning books are written in third person,
  • female readers are more critical than male readers about prize-winning books, giving the books an average rating of 3.61,
  • most read award-winning books read equally by men and women are All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

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Via Goodreads Blog.

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