Which books deserve a “best fiction” Oscar?

What is success in the book world? A book that moves people? A book that entertains? A story that sells wildly and zooms to the top of NTY bestseller list? Or maybe all of the above? If we define success by sales figures, here are someimage selling fiction books of all time, according to the Neilson Bookscan.

#1 DaVinci Code

#2 Harry Potter

#5 50 Shades

#12 Twilight

#13 The Girl Who Played with Fire

#25 The Very Hungry Caterpillar

#28 Kite Runner

So there you have it, a sampling of success. Now it’s your turn. Have you read any of these “Oscar worthy” fiction books? Would you give them the trophy? Or are there other books that come to mind that you feel are more worth of the award? Giving away a Starbuck’s card for our March raffle. Comments welcome!

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Carlyle on March 7, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Harry Potter is a well-crafted series. Like another post noted, I will say that not all books deserve Oscars, no matter their mass market appeal. But are the Oscars actually merit-based? Sometimes, it is the premise, and not the actual craft, that drives sales. Sometimes, it’s the blood and guts and explosions that draw crowds–not craft, not lyrical beauty, not art. But the masses want what the masses want. Sometimes they’re right. Sometimes, popular does equal art. Then again, sometimes, the masses are dumb.

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  2. Posted by Suzan Michet on March 6, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I think the Hunger Games should be on that list … again, there is a wider age appeal. For children I would say all the Little House on the Prairie books, as I know many people that still think of them fondly as adults (myself included). On the other end of the spectrum, “We Need to Talk about Kevin”, which is an amazingly intense thriller that made me think I would stop breathing while reading the ending. All three of these beat 50 Shades by miles !

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  3. Like the actual Oscars – criteria must be about more than box office sales. I would give The Kite Runner an Oscar ten times over The DaVinci Code. Not that I didn’t enjoy DaVinic like so many others, but The Kite Runner is not only a gripping story – it is masterfully written.

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  4. And to think that Harry Potter is listed as “children’s fiction” but it has massive adult appeal as well. Amazing! Thanks for the comment!

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    • Posted by Suzan Michet on March 6, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      My husband has been reading the Harry Potter books to our son at bedtime, and I think sometimes he is the one more eager for the reading ! It’s such a complete, well-crafted world.

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  5. Posted by Sarah on March 4, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    “Harry Potter” and “Twilight are definitely “Oscar worthy” fiction books. I’d definitely give them a trophy.

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