Monday, 9 April 2012

REBECCA'S MUSINGS: Hurrah for 'Mommy Porn!'

Congratulations to fellow English erotica writer E.L James, whose sub-dom trilogy aimed at women has made the New York Times bestseller list.

It just goes to show that American women are as keen on erotic writing as their English cousins.

When we had our 'erotica boom' in the UK in the 1990s, with lines like Virgin's Black Lace and Warner's X Libris selling well, the US seemed to lag behind. Although I was interviewed for 'Romantic Times' by editor Kathryn Falk, who was keen to publicise my historical Black Lace trilogy (The Seductress, The Actress, The Mistress) explicitly sexual descriptions were still fairly taboo for women. In fact, I had to edit one of my novels - or should that be 'expurgate' - by omitting some scenes to suit the American market. At least, how it was perceived then.

But as Harlequin Mills & Boon continued to push the boundaries of what you could write about, the borderline between romance and erotica grew thinner until 'hot romance' was effectively 'soft porn.'

Now it seems American women are playing catch-up by having their own 'erotica boom.' Good for them!

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