Movie or Bestseller?

Do you dream of having one of your books made into a Hollywood movie? If so, this is a good bit of research you might want to consider. 

Do you know which writing genre is made into the most movies? 

Here’s what my research turned up, starting with #1:

Sci-fi

Horror

Action

Comedy

Drama 

Fantasy

Thriller

Adventure

War

Mystery

Musical

When I began writing, I tried my hand at screenplays with some success. I wrote four comedies and two dramas before I threw in the towel.

It was a good experience , but the writing process is unlike writing for the reading market.

Take another look at the list. There is one genre missing. It’s the one—if I were guessing—that would have been at the top of the list. 

That’s right. Romance came in fifteenth.

Don’t tell that to Nicholas Sparks. I’ve watched several of his movies over the past five years or so.

Just goes to show you.

Don’t believe everything you read.

Things to Consider

So, you have the writing bug and are faced with a big decision: “What genre should I write in?”

Genres fulfill reader expectations. 

Readers buy certain books because they have enjoyed similar stories in the past. Reading these novels is like sitting down with an old friend. These books give them a sense of belonging.

Here are some things to consider:

  1. Write about what you like to read. If you are drawn to a particular genre, your writing will show your enthusiasm. 
  1. Choose a genre that is read by the most people. Currently, most people are reading Romance, followed by a close second of Action/Adventure.

3)    Having said that, you could choose a more narrowly-read

        genre, so that your writing will “stand out” among fewer 

        authors. The least read fiction is labeled Literary Fiction

        which focuses on the human condition and is more

        concerned with the inner lives of characters and themes 

        rather than plot.

4)   Choose a fairly new genre in which readers are least familiar.

       Here are the names of some: Cashier Memoirs, Bitpunk, 

       Twitter Novels, Lucid Fiction, Combinatorial, and

       Hmong- American.  **I know next to nothing about 

       these. However, I will research them in the weeks to come

       and feature them on  this blog. Stay tuned…

5)   Choose your audience, first. Perhaps you’d like to focus on

       Young Adults. Then, choose a sub-genre: focus on mysteries,

       Dinosaurs, Monsters, Sports, Baby-sitters Clubs, School-

       related, Young Romance, and so on.

6)   Do you have a message you’d like to get out? For years,

       now, I have focused on “Stories of Forgiveness.”

7)   Hot sellers. Lately, I see that a lot of authors have chosen to

       write about young men or women who have inherited 

       businesses from family members. Their challenge is to learn the

       business and win the heart of an adversary.  Another big one

       is The Cowboy Who (Did this or that). Amish stories

       were big for quite a few years, but seem to be dwindling a

       little, lately. Last year, I read at least five or six books about 

       “Marriages of Convenience” which, of course, turned into

       the most popular: Romance!

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it does tell us this: there are many, many, things to consider when you are starting out!!!!