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The downside of writing to the market

From today's Writers' Almanac:

"Today is the birthday of Louisa May Alcott. She was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania (1832). She had started out writing sensational stories about duels and suicides, opium addiction, mind control, bigamy and murder. She called it "blood and thunder" literature. But in 1867, an editor suggested that she try writing what he called "a girl's book," and she said she'd try. The result was Little Women (1868), and it was a huge success. She was obligated to keep writing more books in the same vein, which distressed her, but she did it anyway."

What do you think? If she were writing today, which type of book would prove more popular?



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