Thursday, 14 June 2012

Sex sells

So, apparently sex sells. Not only does it sell cars, chocolate, perfume and music, but now it has crept unannounced into the world of literature to sell its seedy wares.

Books have suddenly got sexy, and erotica is now nothing to be ashamed of. I’m fully for people reading things that they enjoy and if a book gets people reading, then that’s great. But why does it have to be something so seedy?
An example of book porn
Personally, I think this upsurge in naughty books has been fuelled by the ebook phenomenon and the rise in self publishing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-Kindle, I am a proud owner of a device myself. I am also not against Indie writers as I have read some brilliant Indie writing.
The Kindle has given the opportunity for people to read what they like, without those around them being able to see and judge. When I’m in London, I do like to see what people are reading on the train or the tube, but I also feel a pang of pride when I see someone reading on a Kindle as they are walking along, risking their life at the edge of the platform as in some ways I see Kindles as a mark of a dedicated reader and in some cases a true book lover.

I suppose some people must get a kick out of reading some “erotic” fiction in a public place, but it is not for me. The Kindle chart is now full of erotica with the types of names and descriptions I would imagine you would find on some sort of snuff movie. When does fiction become porn? Just because it doesn’t have pictures does that make it any less pornographic in reality?
This latest book craze has moved into the paperback arena too. The Fifty Shades series is topping sales charts and I have seen that many book shops have sold out of the trilogy. I am seeing people talking about it on social networks constantly and giving it rave reviews.
I did wonder if it was just me being strange and prudish by not wanting to read badly written porn, but I have discussed this with my good friend Elaine and she wholeheartedly agrees with me. And has even written a blog post about it herself. Go check it out. You’ll like it!
So when you are looking for a book to read, and fancy downloading something new, just say no to the covers featuring naked torsos and manicured talons. Try something a little different. There are plenty of good books out there, and there is plenty of great chick lit if you fancy something a bit lighter with a hint of sex.
Down with the book porn! 


  1. Welcome back Sheli to your blog! :) I totally agree with you! This Fifty Shades of Grey malarky is starting to annoy me. Like you said, any book is great if it gets tons of people reading but why can't they pick up a good book that is well written and enjoy that? I sound like such a book snob right now but I hate reading books set in the modern world as it is (much more of a lover of fantasy and historical fiction) but a story centred around love and sex?! No thank you! I am fully on your side when it comes to the erotica debate!

    1. Thank you Becca! It's been a while, but I thought that this was worthy of a rant!! I just don't get this sudden upsurge in book porn. Earlier in the year the best sellers were Before I go to sleep and the Hunger Games. At least they were well written and didn't need gratuitous sex to be popular. I don't even think the erotica genre is based around love to be honest. Mainly lust and perviness!

  2. Your sample book cover is a little bit more daring than mine! Also, it appears I may have had another slight rant on the subject. I told you it might happen. Nice to know i'm not alone.

  3. well... i don't know...
    i have no problem with people reading erotica... and am guessing some are probably well written (i love anais nin - which i guess just sneaks in as book porn). as for shades of grey... i read the first one which i thought was awful, and it does seem a shame that lots of people are reading it when they could be reading something good! am going to go over to elaine's blog now to see what she has to say!!