50 shades revisted – How EL James affected porn

Erotica has seen its revival in the last few years and a lot of it can easily surmised that E.L. James has a lot to do with it. Checkout how the author of 50 Shades of grey has changed the porn viewing habits of women and men. Now this is not a literary column; so I am not going to review 50 Shades of Grey, it’s been done way too many times for my liking and this is more about how E.L. James dug real deep into the sexual psyche of men and women around the world. So let’s get a few things out of the way, now whether or not certain situations in the trilogy are actually plausible is not where I can find any points of contention, actually its fucking fantasy, the same reason that people watch porn is the same reason that people read 50 Shades of Grey and other erotica novels; it’s for the sense of escape from the boring and mundane and who really cares if someone gets off to the idea of being tied up, spanked and maybe disciplined in an intimate setting? We are far removed from the days of the Marquis de Sade and his perversions. Are they really perversions though? Just like not everyone can agree on which ice cream flavor they like most, most can’t really agree on the kind of sex they like to have.

Can you argue that a book that grossed more than 500$ million worldwide was that lack luster and uninspiring? Now with a new fan fic book to be adapted to the silver screen called Beautiful Bastard these fantrepreneurs as they are now being called are changing the landscape of writing not only in erotica but in general. Being a fan of something can make you make your story or novel the next one hot off the press especially when sites like Amazon have essentially removed the “red tape” from self-publishing and are making these stories even easier to find and purchase. A  website which connects companies to freelance writers, Elance-oDesk.com, has reported that since the release of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer, it has seen a 39% increase in the money it has spent hiring writers specializing in erotica and also a doubling of their freelance assignments. Now it’s impossible to say whether Fifty Shades Of Grey was the herald of or simply the outlet for erotica’s climb to cultural importance, but it certainly opened the floodgates to its monetization, and in a world where dollars make sense it made sense to promote it. On the other hand, the transformed and improved cultural legitimacy of erotica may continue to knock down walls and open up the past which we really need to do. The intelligentsia is beginning to reconsider the role of erotica and its publishers in the progress of the Gay Rights Movement especially in light of recent amendments to the American constitution regarding same sex marriage. So one woman who was a Twilight fan (yes this is a totally dumbed down version of the truth) brought not only fan fic to the forefront of mainstream culture but also the secret love lots of women and men have for BDSM and kinky sex.

What and who are reading? Is it one Sylvia Day’s books such as Reflected in You or Bared to You in her aptly named Crossfire series? Or anything by Marissa Honeycutt and her Life of Anna series or from Tiffany Reisz. There are now literally dozens and dozens of erotic fiction writers out there all writing about one deep seated kink or another that couples and strangers may share. This is not your auntie’s Harlequin not unless aunty Agnes likes to be spanked, whipped, blindfolded and fucked every which way from Tuesday, if your aunty Agnes does then you’re quite lucky to have such an open minded individual in your family. So who reads this? Just about everyone you think and don’t think will be reading it.

I interviewed Sylvain Reynard for Playboy a few years back and was blown away by how well the books were written, there are so many writers out there now that it’s hard to just choose one so I will jump across the spectrum and point out ones that I have found to be either worth the read or so outlandish that they just need to be read to see what they’re all about. So post 50 Shades of Grey there were a slew of releases that really caught my attention as a writer. Everything from Ravished By The Triceratops by Christine Sims to PR Resurrector’s Horny Ghost Of Osama Bin Laden: Rise Of The Ghost which when you read the excerpt or watch the youtube trailer you are more curious about it than anything else to see if its cheesy or not. If you google the top 10 erotica writer you will find EL James on top followed by M.s Parker, Alex Lux, Dara Joy, Sylvia Day, Victoria Ashley, C.M. Steele, Rie Warren, Sierra Simone and Ellie Danes.
So what does this have to do with porn? Well good fucking question. Working in the industry for a few years now I have lost that taboo sense of what is morally acceptable, not that this means that I have developed strange kinks or anything but I have lost that sense of this is too freaky for me to watch, I will watch and see things that I know I will never try at home or ever be into but I respect it since it’s an adult, a consenting adult doing it, so look after 18 you are in control of your life and there is nothing wrong with doing things that are kinky.  So has a mainstream novel like 50 Shades affected people’s porn viewing habits? The short answer is hell motherfucking yes check out these stats below and you may be surprised of what you learn. There are a few interactive diagrams that you will have fun playing with.

Our largest sexual organ is still the human mind and it’s limited only by your (kinky) imagination. It’s time to put your imagination to work, write or read your first sex story today! You may just surprise yourself.

 

(need analytics for our hardcore cats so I can relate some facts to piece)

http://www.pornhub.com/insights/pornhub-bdsm-searches

http://www.sexualhealthsite.info/erotica-versus-pornography.php

http://www.pornhub.com/insights/uk-bans-porn-brits-love

http://www.pornhub.com/insights/what-women-want

http://www.sheknows.com/entertainment/articles/1035849/most-sexually-charged-excerpts-from-erotica-books

http://www.playboy.com/playground/view/sylvain-reynauld-gabriels-inferno-interview

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