Friday, August 24, 2012

Beautiful Infographic: The plotlines of the 2011 Man Booker longlist

I love a good infographic, and this one is so striking. In some ways this is kind of reductive (and of course that's the point of an infographic) - most of these books (the ones I've read in any case) are about so much more than just the plotline. Nevertheless, it's an intruiging and thought-provoking (not to mention attractive) perspective.  

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Infographic by Visual News


  1. Way cool! I'd love to see something like this for SF novels.

  2. Yes, you could do it for any grouping really. 2012 Nebula awards, for example. On any criteria - plot, character type, settings. If you were able to do it over a period of time - say, comparatively for award winner from 1966 (the year the awards started) to 2012, you could then have a fantastic Gapminder style motion graph that would clearly demonstrate reading habit changes over the years. Lots of work to do it - you'd need to read and analyse every book, but as a group project, it would be very interesting (and make for an excellent TED talk)!