Critical Linking: March 21, 2012


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Hitting a peak of just over $60 billion near the turn of the century, advertising in printed media has been on a rapid decline ever since, experiencing huge reductions in 2008 (17.7 percent) and 2009 (28.6 percent) and estimated to sit at a little over $20b for the whole of last year. That’s less than half what advertisers spent on getting their messages into printed newspapers only five years ago.

The chart that goes with this is stunning.


“Across the entire corpus (regardless of genre) 69% of the titles in our corpus were mostly or entirely third person, with only about 31% being first person.”

Also interesting:  first-person narration is even rarer in genre fiction.


“Before she turned to books, Collins, who has a background in theater, wrote children’s television shows for Nickelodeon.



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