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02:43 pm - on boobies and books for girls...

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[User Picture]From: uomo Date: November 18th, 2005 - 09:05 am (Link)
First, a tangential spotlight on a shortcoming of English:

As a young teen with bad taste, I read V.C. Andrews books.

I didn't know at first if "read" sounds like "red" or "reed." It could be a confessional public service announcement from a teen (followed by, "and I smoke nasty cigarettes and am frequently sodomized by family members, just like my fictionalized heroes." Then a caring yet stern male voiceover says "Books: don't start. Better dead than read.")

They're really really horrific books. I have no idea why they are so popular amongst young girls, even having been one of the young girls reading them.

As a moody teen I'm sure I would have loved such books. When life is miserable, as is frequently the case in junior high, with little control and many good reasons for outrage, a book like that doesn't make bring thoughts of "oh that's so much worse"... more like "I know exactly how that feels!" Read it, identify with it, soak in righteous self-pity. As if being spurned by the kids at the popular table is on the same level as- watching, helpless, strapped into your booster-seat, as your mother and your dog burn alive in a fiery car wreck.

Really, that was just as bad as my junior high years. You cannot imagine what it was like.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 18th, 2005 - 12:49 pm (Link)
so you're theorizing that the kids are basically all about delusional self-pity and slef-loathing based on a real or imagined unforgiving class system? And yet, even still, they likem the books with boobies on the cover?

Wow.... just like adults...
[User Picture]From: dgr Date: November 18th, 2005 - 08:56 pm (Link)
The purpose of the cover art is just to get you to stop and notice it on the shelf. To that end, anything which promotes sex, however slightly, will cause you to stop and take notice.

The fact that you stopped and read the title means that the cover-art marketing department succeeded.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 18th, 2005 - 09:28 pm (Link)
oh no doubt... the problem is, their target audience isn't 30-something black men. Their target audience is 14 year old white girls. What I'm wondering is "does the imagery on the covers make them stop and notice." And more importantly, do they notice and like it enough that they BUY. Grabbing eyeballs is one thing, it means nothing though unless you can converty it into sales.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 18th, 2005 - 11:41 pm (Link)
I imagine that it plays off of (and reinforces) the societal custom of women being on display, or meant to be looked-at. The same marketing strategy is used to sell Teen magaize, Cosmo, Maxim or Playboy.

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