It's All About the Money

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This is from an essay by Steven Mailloux called "The Bad-Boy Boom."

"When cheap reprints of popular classics began to flood the market in the late 1870s, the dime novel needed more than its low price to attract readers" (44).

I found this quote interesting because it tells about the origins of 'bad-boy' novels. That and the fact that finding anyway possible to make money certainly hasn't changed since then. And what better way to attract more male readers than stories with violence? I can't help but feel that people are simple minded acting a certain way based on what they've seen or read.


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