What makes a bestseller? Is it the plot or the characters or some mystical combination? Is there some subliminal expectation readers have that bestsellers exploit? Does it have to do with progressive escalation or our desire to escape from reality? Maybe it's schadendfreude? In this class, we will read one best-selling novel and try to find that mystical power. We look at plot and arcs and marketing. We put on the hat of author, character, reader and publisher. It's a book club on steroids. And, the magic, is what you learn applies to all stories (TV, movies, books) and makes every experience that much deeper. Readers, writers and any story lover will enjoy this class.