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Basic Trope: A series of books is written primarily for the purpose of generating revenue for the publishing company, and usually written by several different authors, most of whom are either just starting out and Waiting for a Break, or more established writers who have fallen on hard times. Because of this, they may be considered low-quality.

  • Straight: The Bodice Ripper series is written by several different writers, using the same main characters, with a few different ones. And the theme is based on what's "sexy" at the moment (i.e. vampires, cowboys, Naughty Nuns, bored housewives, etc.)
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  • Exaggerated: There is no continuity whatsoever in the Bodice Ripper series. Each book is its own one-shot story (again, based on what's allegedly marketable), with its own characters, and a different writer.
  • Downplayed: There is one writer, but she's constantly being told what to do by her publisher, and therefore hates her job, but doesn't have the wherewithall to self-publish...and it shows.
  • Justified: ???
  • Inverted: The Bodice Ripper series is written by one well-known author, using the same characters, and the type of story is consistent. It may even be self-published.
  • Subverted: The writer tries to put his/her own spin on the stories.
  • Double Subverted: But the publishing company says that that story is too much of an Audience-Alienating Premise, and refuses to publish it.
  • Parodied: Alice wonders Who Writes This Crap?!. Gilligan Cut to a bedraggled-looking author eating alphabet soup, then (literally) pooping out a novel.
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  • Zig Zagged: Only the Filler installments qualify as this. The rest are the result of an actual artistic vision and are more original.
  • Averted: The Bodice Ripper series is written as according to the artistic vision of the author.
  • Enforced:
    • The publishing company needs revenue, so it decides to push novels that cater to the Lowest Common Denominator, and to use the skills of up-and-coming writers they don't have to pay as much, in order to make money faster.
    • A Trend Aesop, or an Aesop about how dream jobs aren't what they seem.
  • Lampshaded: "Jack, have you ever wondered if we're really living in a book?" "If so, we have too many writers."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Up-and-coming writers see this as a way to get started.
  • Defied: The publishing company hires talented, established authors, and lets them pursue their own creative vision (regardless of what's trendy or not.)
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  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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