The Peretti Phenomena
A few weeks ago I took a very informal poll on Facebook asking how many people have ever read a Frank Peretti book. The response was overwhelming and, surprisingly, split fairly evenly between male and female. Now, this little study was in no way scientific, in fact if I tried to call it scientific I’m sure the science police would be knocking at my door within the hour (of course, they haven’t tracked down Al Gore yet so maybe I’d be safe), but two things it showed me was (1) a lot of poeple have read Frank Peretti, and (2) those people are both men and women.
Some conclusions from this very informal, unscientific poll:
Call it what you want, but Frank Peretti writes Christian horror (okay, you can call it supernatural suspense), he does, and people don’t mind reading his stuff. In fact, he has a new book coming out in 2011 and I guarantee it will be a bestseller before it even hits bookstore shelves. His first book, Piercing the Darkness, has sold over 2.5 million copies and his books collectively have sold over 12 million. Hey, somebody’s reading Christian horror.
Both men and women alike read and enjoy Frank Peretti’s work. This destroys two stereotypes: that men don’t read and women don’t like horror/supernatural suspense.
So, this leads to a few questions . . .
(1) If millions of readers enjoy the work of Peretti, where are they when it comes to other Christian horror/supernatural suspense titles?
(2) What sets Peretti apart that his books are so popular, such bestsellers, every time?
(3) What is it about a Peretti book that you like so much?
Any thoughts? And be honest.