Predicting a Best Seller

We discuss the characteristics that could qualify a book for a NY Times Bestseller. These are some of our basic criteria. (We also go off on a tangent about popular baby names.)
1. Be controversial or scandalous
2. Excellent writing
3. Be a well-known author
4. Write a book, then die.
5. Get your book made into a movie
6. Try to have a happy ending or wrap it up
7. Come up with a concept never heard of before
8. Get Oprah (or a big celebrity) to recommend it
Books we talk about:
Age of Miracles by Karen Walker Thompson
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Edgar Allan Poe
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Storm Front by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files)
Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Princess Penelope by Todd Mack
Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenagger
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