Do You Live in the Twilight Belt? [INFOGRAPHIC]Posted by Patrick Brown on November 18, 2011
There is no more divisive book on Goodreads than Twilight. It manages to top both our Best Books Ever and Worst Books of All Time lists. And now, surprisingly, we've discovered that where you live can indicate whether you're a Twi-Hard or not.
With the release of the film adaption of Breaking Dawn (well, the first half of the film adaptation), we thought it might be fun to dive into some more of the incredible trove of data we have on the Twilight Saga and its readers.
A map of what each state thinks of Twilight ends up looking a lot like a map of the most recent election results. On the map above, the readers in the red states rated the book highly (the darker the red, the higher the rating), while readers in the blue states gave it a lower rating). The Midwest and the South represent The Twilight Belt, while the coasts were decidedly less impressed with the book.
Reviews were mostly distributed according to population, with the notable exception of Utah. Utah is the 34th most populous state in the US, but it generates the 6th most reviews of Twilight. In terms of cities, Salt Lake City—the 125th largest city in the country—is second only to New York in number of Twilight reviews. Opinion on the book is split in the Beehive state, with the average rating a pedestrian 3.64.
Not surprisingly, the Twilight books also split along gender lines. Women were twelve times as likely as men to review Twilight on Goodreads -- we have 573,797 ratings by women and only 46,554 by men. Women were also more likely to have liked the book, giving it an average rating of 3.77 stars, whereas men were, well, not so happy with it, rating it 2.94 stars.
As the Boston Globe recently noted, young adult books have broken out big with readers of all ages, and Twilight is no different. In fact, as many 28, 29, and 30-year-olds read the book as 15, 16, and 17-year-olds. If you're on Goodreads and you're not young, chances are good that you're young at heart.
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