Female Authors And Characters Rule Fiction — And Other Industries Should Take Note

Katniss and Anastasia FTW!

Whether or not you're a fan of ebooks, there's no denying that they have become a part of the culture for literary lovers all around the world. Seriously, having literature in your pocket is further proof that the future is now. Interestingly enough, this format turns out to be a place where women, both as authors and as characters, thrive — and we're not just talking about the romance genre.


One device created especially for ebooks, the Kindle, is turning 10 this year (on November 19, to be exact) and, to celebrate, Amazon is letting us in on which titles have proven to be the most popular. The Amazon Charts have revealed the top 10 fiction and nonfiction ebooks of all time — and the data is giving us great insight into what readers tend to go for.

In terms of fiction selections, it is girls who run the world. Female authors make up 9 out of 10 slots — with only John Green breaking in for male authors — and all 10 ebooks feature female protagonists. Other industries, most notably Hollywood, should take note of these massive successes by women and about women and provide more opportunities. There's work being done — and we're not saying either of these worlds are where they need to be in terms of diversity — but, as we've seen here and at the box office, inclusivity tends to actually perform well.

Also of note, franchises also appear to be super popular, with the entire Fifty Shades and Hunger Games trilogies making the cut. Plus, while we're on that topic, it's worth pointing out that all 10 selections have made their way to the big screen, too. What we're saying is it seems Hollywood knows there are great options for female-written and female-centric options in literature.


1. Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
3. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
4. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
5. Fifty Shades Darker by E L James
6. Fifty Shades Freed by E L James
7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
8. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
9. The Help by Katherine Stockett
10. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

When it comes to nonfiction selections, it's a bit harder to narrow down any trends (besides long titles) as it appears people are all over the place in terms of genres. There are a few ebooks about individuals — from regular folks like Cheryl Strayed and Henrietta Lacks to icons like Tina Fey and Steve Jobs — as well as historical, inspirational, and helpful options.


1. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
2. Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo, Sonja Burpo, and Lynn Vincent
3. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
4. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
5. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
6. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman
7. Bossypants by Tina Fey
8. American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in the U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, and Jim DeFelice
9. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
10. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Chances are you've probably read a few of these but, on the off chance you haven't, consider this your to-read list.

(H/T: Mashable)

Cover image via Universal Pictures | Lionsgate


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