2015 Reader Survey Results

2015 What countryThe 2015 reader survey ran from April 23 to May 19 and reached 2033 participants from different parts of the world.

2015 Historical Fiction Reader Survey report summarizes results shedding light on preferences and habits of readers, particularly in the realm of historical fiction. The report includes unique questions for authors, bloggers and publishing industry professionals as well as a series of questions regarding social reading. Click here to access the full 24-page report.

Stay tuned for further insights regarding favourite authors — more than 3600 entries to collate — and favourite historical fiction — more than 4000 entries to collate — as well as deeper analysis from cross-tabulation of results.

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Readers tell us why they read historical fiction

As of today, 1944 people have taken the 2015 reader survey and 104 took the time to comment on why they read historical fiction. A sampling of responses:

Man Reading - John Singer Sargent
Man Reading – John Singer Sargent

 

The “educational” part is important to me and I tend to pick authors for whom historical accuracy is important.

 

There is nothing like being transported to another time and place and getting to live a different life you could never live in reality.

 

Of course I am fascinated with history but I think historical fiction is particularly good at showing the universality of certain feelings and thoughts–of getting at the great truths that transcend time. I also think the distance of history often allows readers a “safe” space to ponder events and issues in their own lives that might present as too painful in a closer/more contemporary setting.

 

Woman Reading - Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Woman Reading – Pierre-Auguste Renoir

My favorite thing about reading historical fiction is finding out about the every day lives of people in the past.

 

I like immersive fiction and good histfic is notably immersive!

 

To better understand how we got to where we are now as well.

 

To explore what the author sees as timeless human qualities.

 

My historical fiction reading motivates me to do further reading on time periods and people. It doesn’t stop with the novel in question. The novel is merely the beginning.

 

Sounds daft I know, but it makes history live again

 

Just a few responses, later I will categorize and see if any themes emerge.

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her latest novel, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE is set in WWI France and is available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. Her debut novel, UNRAVELLED: Two wars. Two affairs. One marriage. is also available from these retailers.

Mary can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Sneak peek at survey results to date

With 1377 responses – a wonderful accomplish in three days – I thought you might like to see a few charts courtesy of SurveyMonkey. Bear in mind that the survey will be open until May 14th so things will likely change! Participation so far is composed of 84% women and 16% men; 64% US and 15% UK, 4% Europe, 5% Australia and 9% Canada.

 

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Just a teaser – more results will be available after the survey closes.

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her latest novel, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE is set in WWI France and is available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. Her debut novel, UNRAVELLED: Two wars. Two affairs. One marriage. is also available from these retailers.

Mary can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.