Do movie and TV trends really cross over into the book world?
Blogger: Rachel Kent
Janet’s post about Downton Abbey got me thinking about what I like to watch on TV and if that translates into what I’m reading. I confess that I am not a fan of Downton Abbey, though I do enjoy reading historical romances with plots similar to events that happen on the show.
Publishing houses often look at popular shows and movies to determine what kinds of books will also be successful. Based on my preferences, I’m not sure that movie and TV viewing habits always translate into reading interests. I’ll describe my preferences a little bit, and I’d love to hear yours in the comments!
The way Downton Abbey is structured isn’t attractive to me. By that I mean there are so many characters, and the episodes connect as one long story like a soap opera. I prefer shows that can be enjoyed as single episodes because there are no cliff-hanger endings or loose ends. I like my TV shows to be pretty simple so that I can watch them off and on without committing a large amount of time.
I watch true crime shows more than anything else. I’m not sure why I like them so much, but I am fascinated by psychology, and abnormal psychology was one of my favorite classes in college. I don’t read true crime books at all.
As far as my movie preferences, I watch mostly romantic comedies. I don’t watch many deep movies–even though I can appreciate them when I do see them. I like using movies as a distraction from life; so I typically go for the feel-good flicks (not that I’m depressed or anything, I just don’t want to have to think while I watch). My husband is the opposite and always wants to learn something from shows and movies. We have to switch off with suffering through the other person’s movie pick.
I like the books I read to be deep and thought-provoking, but I like the stories with some romance in them the best. I like to experience emotional catharsis through reading more than through watching TV or movies, and I do most of my learning through reading as well.
So as far as I’m concerned, targeting my movie and TV preferences wouldn’t be a good move for the publishing houses if they were trying to predict my book purchases. My question is am I the only one like this? Do your TV and movie preferences line up with your reading interests?
and a second question to consider:
Are publishing houses making a mistake by looking to television and film to predict reading trends?
I’m looking forward to your responses!