Fascinating article here, about the popularity of putting girl in the title of books.
I was curious about more than just how often “girl” books appeared; I wanted to understand who was writing these books, and the fate of the “girl” in the title. With the help of research assistants, I looked at the 2,000 or so most popular books1 with “girl” or “girls” in the title on Goodreads. I filtered out books with 250 or fewer ratings, as a means of getting the dataset down to a manageable size, and then filtered out books for children and young adults.2 I was left with 810 books, including all the heavy hitters we’d expect. It made for a nice representative sample of “girl” titles.
As one might suspect, the authors of these books were, most of them, formerly girls themselves.