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The 100 books Facebook users love

#1  Postby kennyc » Sep 09, 2014 5:07 pm

The 100 Books Facebook Users Love
What titles most shaped the site's readers? Harry Potter, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Lord of the Rings—and the Bible.

Readers in Berlin celebrate the release of the final Harry Potter book in 2007. (Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)
A few weeks ago, I started to see a viral status being passed around my Facebook friends.

“List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way,” it begins. “Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. They do not have to be the ‘right’ books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way.”

I’m usually a skeptic of such meme-y Facebook statuses, but people gathering around books that meant something to them melted even my cold heart. So I asked the Facebook Data Science team if this status had gotten “big” enough to attract their attention, and what they had seen in it.

They replied with something I wasn’t expecting: a list of the 20 books most cited by Facebook users who participated in the game.

In a new blog post, they’ve released that list (it’s also below) and some of their methodology. The data science team analyzed more than 130,000 statuses, stripped them of their identifying information and looked for common strings—that is, shared snippets of text and title—and ranked them by popularity.

The final list is an interesting, somewhat intuitive list of of titles. There’s some fantasy on it, some contemporary fiction, some classics. It’s also also steeped in books that Americans typically encounter during adolescence, whether as a traditional school assignment (The Great Gatsby) or on their own, as a “young adult” novel (Harry Potter, etc.). Even before “young adult” literature was a thing, books were shaping young adults.

Without further ado, here is that list, along with the percentage of statuses that each title appeared in:

The Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling (appeared in 21.08 percent of all statuses)
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (14.48 percent)
The Lord of the Rings series, J.R.R. Tolkien (13.86 percent)
The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien (7.48 percent)
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (7.28 percent)
The Holy Bible (7.21 percent)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams (5.97 percent)
The Hunger Games Trilogy, Suzanne Collins (5.82 percent)
Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger (5.70 percent)
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (5.61 percent)
1984, George Orwell (5.37 percent)
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott (5.26 percent)
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte (5.23 percent)
The Stand, Stephen King (5.11 percent)
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell (4.95 percent)
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle (4.38 percent)
The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (4.27 percent)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis (4.05 percent)
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho (4.01 percent)
Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery (3.95 percent)
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#2  Postby I'm With Stupid » Sep 09, 2014 5:29 pm

I wonder how many of the people who wrote the bible have actually read it. Although I guess technically you don't have to have read it, or even be a Christian for it to have affected you in lots of ways.
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#3  Postby Animavore » Sep 09, 2014 5:36 pm

I'm With Stupid wrote:I wonder how many of the people who wrote the bible have actually read it.


Surely they all read it? Though it would explain a lot if they just wrote it off the top of their head and fired it out there without proof-reading it first :ask:
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#4  Postby kennyc » Sep 09, 2014 5:41 pm

A do please note that the entire list of 20 is all fiction. :) :) :)
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#5  Postby aliihsanasl » Jul 21, 2017 3:41 am

I never watched any Harry Potter movie but played one videogame and it was quite fun just started listening but couldnt understand the hype, its like a child tale but lots of adults say they read and like it. Lord of Rings is another story that I didnt watch or read but after Harry I'll give it chance too.

Nothing special about Alchemist imo, read it years ago.

Bible, read it just before university.

Gone with the Wind, Little Women and The Stand are all cool.

The Pride and Prejudice I could only stand 30 pages or even less. Do you know that when you search uplifting novels on google this is among the first 5 list ? :nono:

1984 of George Orwell shame that I still didnt read, I believe it a nice novel.
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#6  Postby Matt_B » Jul 21, 2017 3:51 am

kennyc wrote:A do please note that the entire list of 20 is all fiction. :) :) :)


Yes, although Mike Pence is doing his level best to turn The Handmaid's Tale into non-fiction. ;)
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