The Best Of The Best

Andrew Sullivan —  Dec 31 2014 @ 10:28am

Best Of 2014

Hayley Munguia analyzes “best of 2014” lists:

As far as the most frequent selections are concerned, the lists of best books were the least uniform, whereas every movie critic in my sample agreed that “Boyhood” deserved to be listed among the year’s best films. TV shows had the lowest percentage of titles that appeared on only one list.

That’s largely because there are so many books:

According to the bibliographic information publisher Bowker, there were 1.4 million books published in the U.S. last year, whereas the Motion Picture Association of America‘s data shows that only 659 films were released. Numbers on TV shows in production are harder to come by, but Showtime’s president of entertainment, David Nevins, has estimated that there are currently about 350 scripted original shows in production. By those numbers, it seems like book critics are actually a lot more unified than they should be.