Research shows Gladstone readers love fantasy
GLADSTONE readers love escaping the real world for that of science fiction and fantasy.
Dungeons, dragons and the scientific realm outweigh other book sales by 28.5%.
Australia's largest online booksellers Bookworld has revealed Gladstone hosts the largest number of science fiction and fantasy readers in central Queensland.
Gladstone librarian Fran Moroney said she was one of the many.
"I've always enjoyed venturing into other worlds," she said.
"I think it's definitely growing. When I started there wasn't much to choose from but now days there is so much variety."
Ms Moroney highlighted that several contemporary blockbuster movies had originated from science fiction novels.
"Blade Runner and Total Recall are both re-creations of popular science fiction novels," she said.
"I do notice there are a lot of people borrowing the genre from the library now."
Rockhampton's readers spend only 15% of their fiction purchases on the genre and Mackay a mere 12.5%.
Non-fiction was also a winner in our region, with a central theme of healthy eating and exercise topping the list of bestsellers.
The research, which began when the online seller launched in 2010, also revealed interestingly that hard copy books are remaining popular with Gladstone readers.
A total of 68% of readers have not yet moved to digital sources of reading material.
However, in the central Queensland contingent, Gladstone falls behind Mackay and Rockhampton when it comes to delving into novels.
Rockhampton takes the crown for the biggest fiction fans at 41% of readers, Mackay has 35% and Gladstone 30%.
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