SF/F novels of 2011

FWIW, cross-referencing Locus Magazine’s list of 2011’s SF/F novels with the Goodreads data for each novel yielded these two lists. ┬áIt’s hard to do anything about the astonishing number of urban fantasy novels that crowd the top of the rankings, because there are too many series that appeal to both typical SF/F readers and typical paranormal fiction readers. I could exclude a bunch of them arbitrarily, or I can accept that there’s an interesting question about Goodreads rankings for SF/F: why is paranormal fiction generally rated so much higher than other SF/F?

The 10 most read SF/F novels of 2011, ranked highest to lowest number of readers:

Erin Morgenstern, _The Night Circus_

The ~95 SF/F novels of 2011 with 25+ reviews that still scored above 4.0, ranked from highest (4.55) to lowest (4.0):

Patrick Rothfuss, _The Wise Man's Fear_

The 20 most highly-rated films of 2011

I played around with IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes scores for all films of 2011 to arrive, subjectively, at a reasonable formula for combining the two to make one list of the most highly-rated films of 2011: just multiply the unweighted IMDB score times the RT score. That allows newer / smaller films to enjoy the ratings IMDB users actually gave them while using RT to more heavily weight the field. The films that make up the top 20 don’t change much, though, whatever formula you use.

Here’s the result:

8.6   A Separation [Jodaeiye Nader az Simin] (2011)
8.148 The Artist (2011)
7.872 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
7.857 The Muppets (2011)
7.802 Hugo (2011/II)
7.533 Drive (2011)
7.533 50/50 (2011)
7.505 Moneyball (2011)
7.254 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
7.254 Midnight in Paris (2011)
7.138 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
7.12  The Descendants (2011)
7.03  The Guard (2011)
7.007 Delhi Belly (2011)
6.992 Source Code (2011)
6.873 X-Men: First Class (2011)
6.862 Win Win (2011)
6.806 Warrior (2011)
6.552 We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
6.545 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Board game epidemiology report for 2011Q4

Board games ranked by new players acquired in the fourth quarter of 2011:

 1033* Eminent Domain
 1024  Quarriors!
 1008  7 Wonders
  872  King of Tokyo
  812  Elder Sign
  803* Discworld: Ankh-Morpork
  649  Resistance
  644* Kingdom Builder
  632  Few Acres of Snow
  597  Dominion
  538  Carcassonne
  524* Blood Bowl: Team Manager - The Card Game
  507  Forbidden Island
  499  Agricola
  470  Alien Frontiers
  461  Troyes
  457  Settlers of Catan
  447  Dixit
  443  Pandemic
  420  Innovation
  415  Ticket to Ride
  401  Small World
  393  Puerto Rico
  385  Power Grid
  384  Qwirkle
  383* Panic Station

* Games suffering a standard 500 player penalty that other games suffered in their first appearances too.