‘Watchmen’ rises by over 3000%

‘Watchmen’ races towards the top of the Amazon.co.uk book chart as sales rise by over 3000% and excitement builds around 2009 film release. Its trailer is currently running before screenings of ‘The Dark Knight’ and it is already being tipped as the must-watch film for 2009.
Now the excitement around the cinematic release of ‘Watchmen’ has seen sales of the original graphic novel rise by over 3000% in the last month to claim the number four position on the Amazon.co.uk bestsellers book chart.

It is only being held off the top spot by the Collector’s Edition and Standard Edition of JK Rowling’s ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’ and cookery title ‘Chinese Food Made Easy’ which accompanies the hugely popular BBC TV series.

‘We have never seen a graphic novel at the top of the bestsellers list before but we would expect ‘Watchmen’ to hit the top spot at some point before the theatrical release of the movie,’ said Kes Nielsen, Head of Books Buying at Amazon.co.uk. ‘Who knows, if the sales continue to rise at this rate, it may even topple ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’ over the coming weeks, which would be an incredible feat.’

‘Watchmen’ is the only graphic novel to appear in Time Magazines ‘100 best English language novels’ list. It is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. It was written by Alan Moore, whose previous successful graphic novels turned films include V for Vendetta and From Hell.
‘We have seen significant increases in the sales of graphic novels over the last few years, spurred on by the many films that have been adapted from them,’ continued Kes Nielsen. ‘There has, however, been a real step change over the last month or so which must be credited in some part to the success of ‘The Dark Knight’.

Now, with the growing excitement around ‘Watchmen’, we are certain to see the success of graphic novels hit even greater heights.’

The ‘Watchmen’ film will hit cinemas in March 2009.

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