Friday, May 25, 2012

Fletch Porn For Women Goes Mainstream

I walked into Whitcoulls bookstore today, and saw that they have a big cardboard stand featuring the books of one E.L James - a female author. For those that don't know, she has authored a number of very successful novels, beginning with Fifty Shades Of Grey. It's basically "porn for mommies" (as one reviewer described it) and has taken off like wildfire. It is the number one bestselling book on Amazon at the moment, and the two sequels are numbers #2 and #3.

I know that some women have read Mills & Boon and other such books for titillation, but this one seems overtly pornographic with supposed explicit scenes and heavy doses of bondage and sadomasochism.

I had to wonder if a book like this would have been popular in a mainstream bookstore only a few years ago? Or is it only popular because it is said to have been inspired by the Twilight series?

All I can say is that we as a society seem to be getting further and further away from genuine love and it is lust that is coming in to fill that gap. It's quite sad, really.

3 comment(s):

Lucia Maria said...

That might have been what they were talking about on the radio a couple of days back. The lady who read one of the books said she wouldn't recommend them.

I've read a few bondage books in my pre-Catholic days. Mostly out of curiosity. They just got awful after a while, so I stopped.

I.M Fletcher said...

I think someone drew my attention to it a while back and I didn't really know what it was either, but I've noticed the books are everywhere now. Once upon a time you probably would have had to go to a certain section, or go to a skeezy adult store, but it's the fact that it's right in your face and is seen as acceptable that really is worrying.

Lucia Maria said...

Yeah.

I saw some of The Almighty Johnsons a few months back, and I don't know if it was usual or if I just happened to get the most disgusting 10 minutes - but that was full on porn. I just wasn't expecting to see anything like that at that time on TV.

I think that's worse than these books from the perspective that if you want to read the books you have to make the effort to do so, but on tv images flash up so quickly before you can even turn them off.

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