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Reference: Word Count Examples Of Popular Novels

Literary Fiction

  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee – 100,388 
  • Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift – 107,349 
  • Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte – 107,945 
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain – 109,571 
  • Lord of the Flies, William Golding – 59,900 
  • The Colour Purple, Alice Walker – 66,556 
  • Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson – 66,950 
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde – 78,462

Epic Literary Fiction Novels

(Epic novels are generally classified as novels over 110,000 words)

  • Great Expectations, Charles Dickens – 183,349 
  • Les Miserables, Victor Hugo – 530,982 
  • War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy – 561,304 
  • Ulysses, James Joyce – 265,222 
  • Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell – 418,053 
  • Moby Dick, Herman Melville – 206,052
  • Bleak House, Charles Dickens – 360,947 
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway – 174,106 
  • Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë – 183,858 
  • Catch-22, Joseph Heller – 174,269 
  • Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen – 126,194
  • The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck – 169,481  

Fantasy

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke – 308,931 
  • American Gods, Neil Gaiman – 183,222 
  • The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett – 65,113 
  • Eragon, Christopher Paolini – 157,000 

Sci Fi

  • The Time Traveller’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger – 155,717 
  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury – 46,118 
  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley – 63,766 
  • War of the Worlds, G. Well – 59,796 
  • The Time Machine, G. Well – 32,149 
  • Nineteen Eight-Four, George Orwell – 88,942 
  • Dune, Frank Herbert – 187,240 
  • Frankenstein, Mary Shelley – 74,800

C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia:

  • The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe – 38,421 
  • Prince Caspian – 46,290 
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – 53,960 
  • The Silver Chair – 51,022 
  • The Horse and His Boy – 48,029 
  • The Magician’s Nephew – 64,480 
  • The Last Battle – 43,333

A Song of Ice and Fire (George R.R. Martin):

  • A Game of Thrones – 298,000 
  • A Clash of Kings – 326,000 
  • A Storm of Swords – 424,000 
  • A Feast for Crows – 300,000 
  • A Dance with Dragons – 422,000 
  • The entire A Song of Ice and Fire series (so far) – 1,770,000 

Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien):

  • The Hobbit – 95,356 
  • The Fellowship of the Ring – 187,790 
  • The Two Towers – 156,198 
  • The Return of the King – 137,115 
  • The entire Lord of the Rings series (including The Hobbit) – 576,459

Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling):

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – 76,944
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – 85,141
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – 107,253
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – 190,637
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – 257,045
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – 168,923
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – 198,227
  • The entire Harry Potter series – 1,084,170
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