Computer Algorithm’s Bestselling Themes

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According to the The Bestseller Code, popular themes for bestselling fiction are: marriage, death, taxes, threatening technologies, funerals, guns, doctors, work, schools, presidents, newspapers, kids, moms, and the media. Unpopular: (besides sex, drugs, rock and roll), seduction, the body (except in pain or at a crime scene), cigarettes, alcohol, the gods, passionate love, grief, revolutions, wheeling and dealing, existential journeys, dinner parties, playing cards, overdressed women, and dancing. But ‘girl’ themes are OK.
Read Jia Tolentino’s Review in The New Yorker.

Give Girls a Voice on Screen

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All these little girls are strong, capable, and totally badass — but, disturbingly, they’re also all almost completely silent… We, as audiences, have the power to encourage Hollywood to give these little girls their voices by demanding change. When we watch yet another movie or TV show with a strong, silent young heroine, let’s stop idolizing her, and instead ask the writers behind her why she doesn’t get to speak her piece. — Rachel Simon, Bustle.  Read More:

How Stereotypes in Movies & TV Impact Kids’ Development

Watching Gender : Media that perpetuates rigid gender roles and stereotypes can affect children’s sense of self, relationships, and career aspirations. Common Sense Media’s latest research explores the effects of gender-biased media on children’s development—so we can promote more positive, accurate gender representations that give kids the freedom they need to be themselves.  Read more: