The Fantasy reader definition and last poll

Thursday, January 12, 2012

So, are you asking yourself where do we stand now with the statistically non significant definition of the Fantasy reader roaming about the blog who answered my polls? Sure you are!  Do you fit in?  Here you go:

The Fantasy readers :

  • like to read epigraphs at the start of a chapter
  • are a minority who also listen to audiobooks
  • were introduced to the genre by Tolkien's work
  • prefer series over stand alone novels
  • like to have maps included in their books
  • have bought at least one book for the cover alone
  • do not finish all the books they pick up
  • don't read extract before reading a novel
  • have a backlog of at least 25 to 50 books
  • read 25 to 40 books a year
  • like completely original but simple names for their characters
  • read only one novel at a time
  • don't think they should diversify their reading habits from the usual genre
  • already read e-books and if they don't it's because of the loss of physical book feeling
  • are not influenced by author quotes when buying a book
  • would like to see their favorite author write a sequel instead of a new idea
  • read the same novel more than once on occasions
  • would mostly like to see The First Law series by Joe Abercrombie made for TV
  • don't wait for a series to be completed to start reading it
  • don't watch book trailers
  • are not embarrassed of reading Fantasy publicly
  • are also reading YA novels
  • think that the prodigal youngsters in Fantasy are too young

As you can see from the last poll, 62% of the respondents think that the prodigal youngsters in Fantasy are too young.  Is is a trend?  I don't think so but it's common enough.  Maybe the authors ought to give their characters a little more time to grow hair on their face before making them mighty fighters, thinkers and strategists. Anyway, as I said when I asked the question, it depends on the author's skills and the particular situations these youngsters are put in.


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