Haven’t we suffered enough

Many media pundits report that in hard economic times people look to lighter, funny more comforting entertainments. A benefit the makers of the Star Trek movie look to reap while the producers of ‘The Road’ agonise over their poor timing. A similar suggestion is floated for books. So of the many tragedies that can be laid at the feet of the Global Financial Crisis (so much more bloodless than The Great Depression – Redux) is it also responsible for why for the first three months of 2009, Stephenie Meyer‘s Twilight books took the first four spots quarterly best-selling books list. Sales of Meyer’s five novels accounted for 16% of all books sold. The fifth being the uncharacteristically interesting ‘young adult’ alien invasion novel ‘The Host’.

Worse if you consider she was responsible for one out of every seven books sold in the last three months.


Yeah I know “if it gets the kids reading” argument.


It seems there is a contrary section of the population that when civilization crumbles they crave “Paranormal, horror and especially apocalyptic-themed novels” says St. Martin’s editor Michael Homler. This is reflected in sales of two of my favorites from last year Wastelands a collection of post-apocalyptic short fiction just went into a fifth printing selling over 30,000 copies a little over 12 months, and The Living Dead ,over 45,000 copies in six months.


But perhaps the worse effect the GFC has had on book sales. The UK’s Guardian newspaper has reported sales of Ayn Rand’s ‘Atla’s Shrugged’ have taken a marked jump. The Ayn Rand Centre for Individual Rights claims that US-wide sales almost tripled over the first seven weeks of 2009, compared with the same period in 2008.


Haven’t we suffered enough in this GFC, now to have to put up with a bunch of investment banker uber capitalists with copies under one arm and fists full of government bailout bucks in the other spouting about world in which the


“men of the mind” – inventors, entrepreneurs and industrialists – withdraw their labour from a society intent on bleeding them dry with taxes and regulations.  Furious at being exploited by the government on behalf of the masses, who are described as “parasites” and “moochers”, the striking capitalists retreat to a camp in the mountains of Colorado, protected by a special holographic shield.  Starved of their genius, society collapses and wars break out until eventually bureaucrats are forced to beg the rebels’ leader, John Galt, to take over the economy.


 If you don’t believe it read some of these reviews



  1. I haven’t read any of the Twilight series, but have heard bad things from those that have. I am hoping JP can get his new teen series up, it is some of the best stuff i have ever read of his!

    I read some of the reviews of Atlas Shrugged and while now have a basic understanding of the philosophy of the book, I have no idea what the actual plot is!

  2. Could be worse, it could be raining….

    As for Twilight i hope Anne Rice is now really really sorry.

  3. Barnes I though the first sign of the downhill slope was Little Johnny Howler applying the GST to books. How stupid was that idea? OK don’t answer I don’t want to be deafened.

  4. I figure since there hasn’t been anything since the 16th, the Brigadier must have had advance warning of the Pig flu and bugged out. Good luck man, I know we’ll need it, we’ll miss you expertise.

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