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I may have to go buy this, and I thought the Paladin of Shadows was bad...
this, which? 50 shades or this cosmo?
cosmo is stupid anyhow. they paint sex as all about the man, all the time, and what he wants. as if our sexuality is just coincidental. bah.
...and then smack him in the face with the penguin! He'll go crazy for you!
Give him a sexy surprise by ambushing him when he comes home from work with a blackjack, then, when he's unconscious, take all his clothes and tie him to a tree in the garden. If you're feeling extra adventurous, try slashing him with a small dirk on all the most sensitive parts of his body and wait for him to wake up with the vinegar bottle in your hand. When he comes to, tell him his parents are dead and then force his dog that you have been starving for the last week to eat his genitals. Remember to spice things up by switching roles!
I have a good friend in the BDSM community who actually is trying to get her kinky female/female book published, and she's LIVID that this got a deal and she's struggling. She's been trying for years and I've read her work, and even just as a book it's interesting. But 50 Shades of Grey got published, depicted BDSM REALLY BADLY, made the community pretty mad, and she still can't get a deal? There's very little respect that goes into the publishing of these books; 50SoG made it onto shelves because it's mommy porn that shocks and excites people who are shocked and excited by the word 'penis' in literature. It's just as much escapist lit for poor frustrated women with an Exciting Forbidden Lust Object (anything other than consensual sex for purpose of making babies, under the covers, in the dark, is sinful and wicked for women to think of you see) as Twilight was.
Which isn't surprising because it's bad Twilight AU smut with the names shaved off. Which is an insult to fanfiction that doesn't happen to suck, really, because it makes everything look even worse than normal. :|
I don't know how this "publishing" stuff works. It's not a fluke that something like twilight catches on. It's not as if a small community of readers spread the word and it "caught up". it was hyped hard before anyone bought it. that's what ticks me off the most.
there's some great and fun writing out there which get very little fanfair. then there's this trash.
women are not buying this trash cause it's good, they are buying it for the same reason they by everythign else - someone tells them to. It's not even that it depitcs BDSM badly, Anne rice's books do that as well - it's just that as a book its utter crap.
Publishers find what will sell. There's little mystery how, when a book has a magnificent success (trendstarters: Harry Potter, Twilight, etc.) an ARMY of books in the same genre spring up like mushrooms to be on shelves next to it. The truth is that there will always be a market for bodice rippers, and ones in the same vein as one that was published to enormous success will be favored over books that take risks.
Many GLBT-involved romance books are passed up for this reason, and even my dad who is not writing romance but science fiction is passed up because his writing style is not on board with the latest hits but is inspired by older influences, such as older mystery series such as Nero Wolfe or out-of-style genres such as classic Space Opera.
To paraphrase something Hunter S. Thompson never said: The publishing industry is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.
Fuck, my half-arsed attempt at writing porn was better! At least I didn't try that obscenely annoying first-person present-tense thing it did. Yeah, it is pretty insulting that overhyped fan-fiction gets published.
BUT, I suppose it's pitched just right with the BDSM stuff. It's "risque" enough because it mentions so much stuff, but never actually depicts them so it won't put people off - it's no Agony In Pink, that's for sure.
Ah, the torture fic that was banned from Australia, I believe.
A Legendary Badfic to be sure.
I will say that I disagree with Pervocracy article *slightly*. when i write fiction, it exists outside of reality, so my characters don't have safe words, there is actual rape (always with a hot man which makes it ok), and no oen uses condoms. I've written about white slavery, where the wench finds true happiness in teh arms of her abuser. but it's fiction. There's no reason a *well written* 50 shades should have had to address the "reality" of what BDSM is in our mundane, real world where real humans get really hurt.
but again, that's a minor contention.
Hell, every Black Lace book is prefixed with the disclaimer that basically says "don't do this, fools". Hell, one of the best ones is one where a woman literally gets sold to a biker gang by her new husband with zero input or consent to her. But people shouldn't confuse fiction and reality. We all know that the "rape" fantasy has fuck all to do with actual rape, for instance.
I think a lot of people who read erotica, find the *idea* of things more erotic than the actual act. ;-) not everyone of course. i have a thing for the *idea* of slavery, for example. if my husband ever said "this is what you are actually going to do with your life", i'd slap his ass. ;-)