If there's a lesson to be learned by the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey and the two other books that make up E.L. James' trilogy, it's not to understand the appeal of Twilight-inspired erotic fiction. All three books from the Fifty Shades trilogy reportedly managed to top the list of best-selling ebooks of 2012.
Katniss Everdeen may have a love triangle and a budding revolution on hand to grab readers' attention, but based on the list Digital Book World posted showing the Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers of 2012, when it comes to drawing ebook readers, the District 12 tribute has nothing on Anastasia Steele, the lead character in E.L. James' Fifty Shades trilogy, which took the top three spots on the list of best-selling ebooks for 2012. While the list shows the price of each book there's no specific information on how close this race was between the two series.
Fifty Shades was so popular this year, it even managed to make its way into a Mothers Day sketch on SNL, which also manages to humorously capture why these books might be especially popular in ebook format:
While Fifty Shades came in first, second and third, Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy managed to secure the next three spots on the Top 25 Best-Selling ebooks list. Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl: A Novel took #7, followed by The Hunger Games Trilogy (I'm assuming that's the bundle of three books sold together) and then it's back to romance/erotic fiction with Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel coming in at #9. William Landay's Defending Jacob: A Novel caps off the Top 10.
Among some of the other titles to make the Top 25 (to mention the ones that either have or are set for big or small screen adaptations) are George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire series), Nicholas Sparks' The Lucky One, Stephen King's 11/22/1963 and Veronica Roth's young adult dystopian novel Divergent.
View the full Top 25 list here. And if you're curious to see how Digital Book World works out this list, their methodology can be found here.