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.
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