Holy S**t! Four-Letter Words Sell Teen Books!

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No no no, not THAT that kind of oath, a*****e!

Godd****t! I always f*****g knew it! But now it’s f*****g confirmed. A study concludes that Teen fiction characters who swear are more popular, writes Nick Collins in England’s The Telegraph, whatever the f*** that is.

Brigham Young University researchers “found 1522 instances of profanity across the 40 books, an average of 38 per book, with 88 per cent of all books containing at least one swear word,” Collins reports.

The report’s conclusion? “Popular teenage novels contain hundreds of swear words and the most popular characters are the most foul-mouthed.”

It doesn’t sound like Collins is pulling this s*** out of his a**.

For a discussion of the oaths used in teen fiction Wikipedia has a splendidly straight-faced if not strait-laced discussion of the struggles of such comics as Lenny Bruce and George Carlin to utter them in public. You can read it here, but adolescents (of all ages), don’t expect any cheap thrills when you click on the definitions of vulgar terms for anatomy or sexual performance. If for instance you click on the dirty word for a prominent feature of the female torso, you are informed that it is “the upper ventral region of the torso of a primate, in left and right sides, which in a female contains the mammary gland that secretes milk used to feed infants.”

Richard Curtis

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Richard Curtis is a leading New York literary agent (www.curtisagency.com) who foresaw the Digital Book Revolution and launched an e-book publishing company early in 2000. E-Reads (www.ereads.com) is one of the foremost independent e-book publishers in the industry, specializing in reprints of genre fiction by leading authors in their fields. Curtis is also a well-known authors advocate, author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction including several books about the publishing industry, and prolific blogger – see his hundreds of other blog posts here.


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