Tuesday, April 24, 2012
When Twiblight hit, many of us who have loved every fanged exploration of joy since Bram Stoker were aggravated to hear Stephanie Meyer had invented vampires. Meyer wasn't even in the top fifty new spins. Anne Rice must have wanted to bitch slap her. (Hey Anne, if you'd still like a shot? I'll hold her arms. I'm good like that.)
It happens. One twerp hits with readers who aren't bright enough to know it's far from new... and really far from good... and you land on Good Morning, America. The problem being, bad books have a market. Cassie Edwards wrote bad, plagiarized books... but they were written for the dim-witted reader who wanted stereotypes, cheese, and a story that wasn't all complicated with scary shit like plot and character development. Give em angst, sex, and melodrama. These are the Lifetime readers, not the PBS Masterpiece Classic readers. They buy A LOT of books.
So recently, when a very badly written piece of erotica that started out as fanfic for Twifright emerged as "housewife porn," the braniacs at Good Morning America made sure dumb women everywhere got a red alert. This bugs me. WHY do women persist in allowing themselves to be perpetually portrayed as idiots by media? ALL of the smart, thinking women I know either ignored this piece of obvious garbage, or joined the thinking gals in making fun of it. While mainstream media is STILL insisting housewives have only recently discovered books with teh sexy hidden inside, my friends and I glance at one another, then at the shelves crammed with really hot reads, and shrug. Yet a few poor, lost souls really ARE just discovering the pleasures of pleasure reading… for… you know… um… PLEASURE.
Let me say this ONCE, but let me say it EMPHATICALLY: FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS READ BAD EROTICA. There is no need. There is a lot of good erotica being written, and it has been selling quite nicely for a good while now. If the notion is new to you, please step away from the Grey. Allow me to introduce you to the good stuff.
Start here... then keep going. Click the author’s name to take a wild ride to the amazon author page:
Portia Da Costa
Joey W. Hill
One author I love, but didn't find Author Pages for: Robin Schone. I KNOW I've forgotten other favorites. If you are one, or have your own recommendations, please add your own name or a fave to the comments. The more dirty books for smart women we share, the more naughty angels will get their wings!
Go. Download. Get comfy. Stock up on batteries and chocolate. It's gonna be a long, hot summer... see you in the fall.