Top 10 Most-Read Posts of April 2016

April showers brought an interesting downpour of viewer traffic on Eclectic Pop. There was a spring of new activity as movie reviews dominated reader interest for the second month in-a-row, landing 6 of the Top 10 spots.

Out of those movie reviews, 2 were superhero-centric (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Deadpool”), 1 was a sports dramedy starring an actor from a superhero franchise (“Eddie the Eagle”), 1 was a highly anticipated comedy that knocked the aforementioned superhero clash, off the top spot at the box office in its opening week (“The Boss”), 1 was a dystopian adaptation (“Divergent”) and the other; a new thriller that debuted on Netflix in April (“Hush”). 

The first installment of the new feature ‘Entertainment Inquiry’ debuted in the #5 position and its follow-up pieces are primed to make strong finishes when they qualify for next month’s tally.

As to how older and newer content stacked up, 8 of the Top 10 finishers were posts that were originally published in April. While the other 2 posts that landed in bookend positions (#10 and #1) were not only older but from previous years. #10 was originally published in 2015 and #1 in 2014. The latter referred to post’s popularity was curious in many ways. 

It was the review of the first movie in the “Divergent” series that took the top spot and what makes that of special interest is that the latest installment in the franchise (“Allegiant”) which was released in early March, mightily underwhelmed at the box office, indicating a possible downturn in overall interest for the dystopian franchise, though that clearly proved not to be the case with Eclectic Pop's readership.

Also of note is that in March's Top 10 Most-Read Posts, Eclectic Pop’s review of the direct sequel (“Insurgent”) came in #6 and this month it dropped off the list entirely. While the “Divergent” review, which did not place in last month’s Top 10, zoomed into first place the following month.

As for television vs. movie content, movies prevailed by a landslide. The TV Rundown filled 2 slots on the list and the feature accounted for 2 of the 3 TV-centric entries. While they both landed in the Top 10, neither placed as high as last month's Rundown for the Week of March 13 | "Daredevil” Returns, “Bates Motel” Enraptures, “Vikings” Builds & “Pretty Little Liars” Depart, which claimed the #4 spot.

The month of May has already gotten off to an exciting start on Eclectic Pop with the launch of a brand new layout for the site, which includes a more mobile-friendly design; among other new features. If you are wondering where the “related posts” widget has gone to, it has been replaced by a “you may also like” button that can be seen at the end of each post.

So what is there to look forward to the rest of the month on Eclectic Pop? More movie reviews, more TV Rundowns and a couple of announcements; so stay tuned! To discover all of the posts that made the Top 10, scroll down and click the titles to read them.

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#9 TV Rundown: Week of April 3 | 'The Blacklist’ Weds, ‘Vikings’ Shocks 3 Times Over 

#8 Movie Review | The Boss (2016)
#7 TV Rundown: Week of March 27 | Trouble Circles ‘Bates Motel’, ‘Vikings’ Shows No Mercy 

#6 Movie Review | Hush (2016)
#5 Entertainment Inquiry #1 | Answers About Movies, Music & TV  

#4 Movie Review | Eddie the Eagle (2016)
#3 Movie Review | Deadpool (2016)
#2 Movie Review | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
#1 Movie Review | Divergent (2014): an Energetic Origins Story that Packs a Punch