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Entertainment review of the decade



As the 2000s turn into the 2010s, we look back at the biggest films, records, books and TV shows of the decade.

By Mark Savage
Entertainment reporter, BBC News

JK Rowling, Dan Brown, Zadie Smith, Jamie Oliver
Clockwise from top left: JK Rowling, Dan Brown, Zadie Smith, Jamie Oliver

You will not be surprised to learn that one author dominated the book industry this decade - but the extent of JK Rowling's success may still take your breath away.

The seven Harry Potter novels sold 27.6 million copies over the last 10 years. That is more than double Rowling's nearest rival, Dan Brown.

Despite that, Brown snatched the honour for biggest-selling book of the decade from under Rowling's nose.

The Da Vinci Code, the rip-roaring, church-bothering thriller, sold a staggering 5.2m copies in the UK, far more than the most popular Potter novel, The Deathly Hallows, on 4.37m.

Best-selling authors of the decade

Both Rowling and Brown exemplified a noughties phenomenon in literature, whereby the boundaries between adult and children's books slowly blurred.

It was not uncommon to see adults clasping the latest Harry Potter on the bus into work - but children were equally at home reading Mark Haddon's Whitbread-winning mystery novel The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.

The Life Of Pi
Life Of Pi was the biggest-selling Booker Prize-winner of the decade

The era of the "blockbuster" 1,500+ page novel seemed to have come to a sudden halt, with portable fables like The Life Of Pi and the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency the handbag books of the decade.

Book shops, meanwhile, cleared shelf space for a new genre - the "misery memoir".

The trend was kickstarted by David Pelzer's harrowing tale of abuse at the hands of his mother in A Boy Called It, but faltered somewhat when it emerged that James Frey's account of his time in rehab, A Million Little Pieces, was largely fabricated.

Frey was confronted over the inaccuracies in his book by none other than Oprah Winfrey - whose book club had helped him and many other authors to literary stardom in the US.

On this side of the pond, TV double act Richard and Judy made a similar impact on the charts with their own reading circle.

The success of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones and Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns are due, at least in part, to endorsements on their show. The book club's curator, Amanda Ross, is planning to launch a new show on Channel 4 in 2010.

Discount dilemma

Like every strand of the entertainment industry, the book trade was irreversibly affected by the rise of the internet in the 2000s.

Google launched an ambitious, if controversial, plan to digitise the world's libraries; while online book stores, with a little help from the supermarkets, spearheaded an era of heavy discounting.

Tumbling book prices spelt the end of many independent retailers and, by the end of the decade, big chains like Woolworths and Borders had gone the same way.

The internet provided some succour for the publishers, however, with blogs becoming ripe sources of material - from Belle Du Jour's diaries of a call girl to stocking filler fare drawn from sites like PostSecret and Stuff On My Cat.

Katie Price
Katie Price put her name to several chart-topping novels

Meanwhile, Ben Schott's Miscellany series, which started out as a way of enlivening the author's Christmas cards, became a trivia phenomenon to rival the Guinness Book Of Records.

The related, and peculiarly British, appetite for nit-picking also reared its head with Lynne Truss's bad grammar diatribe Eats, Shoots and Leaves.

Outside the best-seller lists, authors still managed to illuminate and reflect on the social trends and political upheavals of the decade.

Zadie Smith's White Teeth was an incisive, funny examination of multicultural Britain; Naomi Klein defined the anti-globalisation movement with No Logo; and Cormac McCarthy tapped into post-millennial angst in The Road, earning himself a Pulitzer Prize in the process.

But perhaps the biggest social phenomenon of the noughties was the rise of celebrity culture, and the world of literature was not immune.

Jamie Oliver became the second-highest earner in the book world with his recipe collections, while memoirs from Peter Kay, Paul O'Grady and Jeremy Clarkson all feature in The Bookseller's top 100 books of the decade.

Meanwhile Katie Price sold 2.8m books in the noughties.

Imagine what would have happened if she'd married Harry Potter instead of Peter Andre?

BEST-SELLERS OF THE DECADE
FICTION NON-FICTION CHILDREN'S
1. The Da Vinci Code
Dan Brown (5.2m)
A Short History
Of Nearly
Everything

Bill Bryson (1.75m)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
JK Rowling (4.37m)
2. Angels and Demons
Dan Brown (3.17m)
Dr Atkins' New Diet Revolution
Robert Atkins (1.66m)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
JK Rowling (4.25m)
3. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
Mark Haddon (2.06m)
The World According To Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson (1.48m)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
JK Rowling (4.14m)
4. Deception Point
Dan Brown (1.98m)
The Sound Of Laughter
Peter Kay (1.29m)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
JK Rowling (3.54m)
5. Digital Fortress
Dan Brown (1.85m)
The Highway Code - 2001 Edition
(1.28m)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
JK Rowling (3.42m)
6. The Lovely Bones
Alice Sebold (1.60m)
Billy
Pamela Stephenson (1.23m)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
JK Rowling (2.96m)
7. Atonement
Ian McEwan (1.52m)
A Child Called It
Dave Pelzer (1.21m)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
JK Rowling (2.90m)
8. The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini (1.51m)
Eats, Shoots and Leaves
Lynne Truss (1.18m)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle (1.56m)
9. A Thousand Splendid Suns
Khaled Hosseini (1.43m)
You Are What You Eat
Gillian McKeith (1.14m)
Northern Lights
Phillip Pullman (1.55m)
10. The Time Traveller's Wife
Audrey Niffenegger (1.34m)
Stupid White Men
Michael Moore (0.97m)
Twilight
Stephanie Meyer (1.33m)
Source: The Bookseller / Nielsen
Figures in brackets indicate copies sold in the UK



LITERARY PRIZES
YEAR   BOOKER PRIZE BOOK OF THE YEAR
2009  Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher
Kate Summerscale
2008 White Tiger
Aravind Adiga
On Chesil Beach
Ian McEwan
2007 The Gathering
Anne Enright
The Dangerous Book for Boys
Conn and Hal Iggulden
2006 The Inheritance of Loss
Kiran Desai
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
JK Rowling
2005 The Sea
John Banville
The Da Vinci Code
Dan Brown
2004 The Line Of Beauty
Alan Hollinghurst
Eats, Shoots and Leaves
Lynne Truss
2003 Vernon God Little
DBC Pierre
Stupid White Men
Michael Moore
2002 The Life of Pi
Yann Martel
Billy
Pamela Stephenson
2001 True History of the Kelly Gang
Peter Carey
Man and Boy
Tony Parsons
2000 The Blind Assassin
Margaret Atwood
Managing My Life
Alex Ferguson




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