Friday, July 27, 2007

Anatomy of a Thrill

Amazon recently added some fun statistics to its page for my book, The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On.

Because Amazon has scanned its entire content, the site's software is able to identify the book's key "Statistically Improbable Phrases" — that is, ones that rarely occur in literature. The SIPs in The Thrill are "singular woman" and "spiritual armor."

I think that pretty much gives you the gist of the book right there!

Amazon also identifies the book's key "Capitalized Phrases": New York City, Sister Gerry, Holy Spirit, New Jersey, Star Trek, Tuesday Night Trivia, and Will You Love Me Tomorrow.

Again, put those phrases together, and you pretty much have the story of my book and even my life.

Most fun for me as author is Amazon's "Concordance," listing the 100 most-used words in The Thrill. I've copied the words below, but you really have to see how the concordance appears on Amazon's page, as it displays the size of each word according to how often it's used in the book.

Here, then, are the 100 most-used words in The Thrill of the Chaste; oddly, "chaste" is not one of them:

able always another away believe between body chastity come date day desire down enough even experience faith fear feel feeling felt find first friends get give go God going good hard having heart husband ing kind knew know life light little live long look looking love man marriage married may means meet men might mind mom mother myself new night now once ones own part people really relationship right say see sense sex sexual should single someone something spiritual still take things think though thought time told two used want wanted without woman women words work world years yet yourself