Friday, October 28, 2016

Goodbye 'Girl'

At Five Thirty Eight, in a piece entitled "The Gone Girl With The Dragon Tattoo On The Train" Emily St. John Mandel (author of the excellent Station Eleven, whose main character had been a girl before she grew into an adult woman) crunches the numbers on the rising number of books with 'girl' in their titles, and concludes:
 It’s important to note what the data does and does not show. It wouldn’t be fair to extrapolate from this that women and girls are more likely to be dead or missing across all books written by men; only that they’re more likely to be dead or missing in books by men with “girl” in the title."
According to her analysis, we haven't yet reached peak girl. Soon perhaps.

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