I haven’t read the story but at the end of the day, I think it’s not Episode but the readers. There are simply too many people who enjoy a story to stop from making them. Episode and the top writers make the stories that will sell. You have to start at the bottom (the readers) to get change if that’s what people are aiming for. There are many posts about people saying there are unique authors but people aren’t reading those stories or more people are reading the featured type of stories. It’s really the readers deciding what gets published next.
Also I want to be clear that I’m neutral because I don’t have enough experience with these genres or stories to have an opinion either way. I’m just commenting on the featured aspect of it.
In addition, it’s a societal and psychological aspect. The trope of bad boys and good girls exist because it sells because people want it to. You see in movies, tv and books. I think the bigger question should be not what is Episode promoting but what’s happening in high schools that makes certain stories more appealing. What do they like about them and why? That’s something that I think deserves to be examined.