Unlike a lot of my sneering literary colleagues, I was excited to read Fifty Shades of Grey. A naughty novel that American women are going wild for? Sign me up! Imagine my tremendous disappointment, then, to discover that Fifty Shades of Grey didn't even have all that much transgressive sex in it, certainly not by erotica standards. If memory serves, it took about 80 or so pages of the least erotic blather around to even get to the first sex scene. Instead of—or, in addition to, we're not judging—E.
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Skip navigation! A few years ago, people around the world were completely incapacitated by a literary phenomenon. I saw rows of mothers reading the book in chaise lounges while their kids splashed in swimming pools. I saw people hiding the book's cover behind other books on the subway. I myself took the book out from the library and read it during college orientation.
Personally, I find video porn kind of limiting. My erotic imagination is simultaneously vast and very specific and I feel like videos are just too prescriptive. But I just prefer written erotica to visual porn, probably because it lets my imagination go wherever it wants to. I can skim read, go back and forth between the parts that I like, imagine the characters any way I want because with written erotica , the possibilities are endless.
If movies from the '80s and '90s taught us anything, it's that sex could be dangerous. It was during those two decades that the erotic thriller genre hit its peak, offering movies that were seductive and thrilling in equal measure. When erotic thrillers go bad, they're a bust—trashy, shlocky messes.