Study: British Lit Getting Less Emotional, American Moreso

Fear more common in books from both sides of the pond


Bridget Jones might have been grousing melodramatically about her love life, but according to a new study, she and other emotive characters might be a minority in modern British literature.

To find out how the language in our novels has changed over time, researchers from universities in the U.K. and Sweden analyzed the English Google Books database, going back to 1900, for words that carried the feelings of "Anger, Disgust, Fear, Joy, Sadness, and Surprise."

h/t Charles WT