Things in Print Thursday :: this month’s Goodreads go-round

7 Jul

The game tonight is: of the 25 most popular books shelved “PTSD” on Goodreads, how many have protagonists with PTSD (0) instead of supporting characters (1), how many have female protagonists (2), how many have mentioned-in-the-summary-or-cover-to-be-nonwhite protagonists (3), how many have war-related PTSD (4) vs. otherwise-related PTSD (5), how many have PTSD actually mentioned in the summary by name (6), how many are for all intents and purposes romance novels where the PTSD is helped by heterosexual love (7) or homosexual love (8)? And (9) for nonfiction.

0: 15

1: 6

(Does this look uneven? It’s because sometimes it wasn’t clear who fell into what category.)

2: 14

(I would also point out that a good chunk of those female protagonists were not the characters with PTSD.)

3: 0

4: 13

5: 7

6: 3

(I think it was 3. It might be a couple more or less than.)

7: 17

8: 1 (male)

9: 3

So. There’s that.

–your fangirl heroine.



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