Booze and Gambling may not have shot up in the recession, but literary escapism has been on the up since the dow started to dive.
Romance -the traditional escape for the fairer sex - and Science Fiction - the traditional choice for men who when they want to stick their head in the clouds - have experienced big boosts in the last quarter.
"Harlequin, the world's biggest publisher of series romance, saw North American sales rise $3 million in 2008's fourth quarter from a year earlier. Other escapist literature also has done well: Although most book sales were flat or down in February 2009 from the year before, a spokesperson for the Borders book chain says that science fiction and fantasy were up—as were humor titles." - Yahoo
[Now reading: An Area of Darkness by V.S. Naipaul]