Fifty Shades of Grey. From entertainment sites to the morning news, everyone has something to say about the hot, new erotic series. It’s been called “mommy porn” by the New York Times, and sits atop their bestsellers’ list, currently at #1, #2, and #4 amongst combined print and e-book fiction.
It seems like everyone has read it (at least according to “The Today Show” and my own Facebook feed). And yes, even I have read Fifty Shades. Only, I read the story almost two years ago when it was called Master of the Universe, and author E.L. James went by SQ Icedragon. Oh, and Christian and Anastasia? They were originally called Edward and Bella.
My secret is out. I’ll admit it: I read Twilight fanfiction. Keep reading »
This weekend, I read approximately 600 pages of the dirty smutty smut smut called Fifty Shades of Grey. I’m currently almost to the end of the second book in the trilogy and was up till 2 a.m. because I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next in the Red Room of Pain. Given that it’s incredibly juicy yet poorly written, I’m confident the Fifty Shades series is the new Twilight and a movie is imminent (which is fitting considering Fifty Shades was originally written as Twilight fanfic). Forgetting, for a second, that most Hollywood stars probably wouldn’t do the kind of explicit sex scenes that would do the series justice, I decided to cast the movie based on who I see in the roles. Click on to find out who I’d like to see play Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele, “Mrs. Robinson,” and everyone else of importance in the series (at least through most of book two). (Warning: some spoilers ahead!) Keep reading »
Are you sexually passionate about James Franco? It’s time to put your money where your mouth is and help make F**KING JAMES FRANCO, a collection of fan erotica, a reality. The book project is currently featured on Kickstarter, a site that allows artists to solicit donations for new projects by posting video proposals, and they are a mere $500 from their goal. Proposed by Portland-based Social Malpractice Publishing and Container Corps, they’re just trying to provide us with what we need, i.e. “hypothetical sexual encounters with the greatest American actor, writer, and visual artist of all time.” Keep reading »
Who better to launch a magazine on sex and erotica than the French? Even better: French students from Sciences Po, one of Paris’ most elite grad schools and a training ground for lawmakers, politicians, and journalists. L’Imparfaite is an artsy consideration of sex, compiling photography and odd-ball articles, like a study on the sex life of comic book writer Alan Moore and a sexual history of pissotières (urinals—does it make us complete geeks that we are really, really interested in this?). Keep reading »
While celebrity memoirs are among today’s best-sellers, another literary genre is giving book sales a boost: erotica. MSNBC reports titles like Thong on Fire, Candy Licker, and G-Spot are the new Lady Chatterley’s Lover. “Much of the new erotica is simply porn moved to the printed page,” says Brian Alexander, “only smarter and largely aimed at women.” In other words, erotica is porn for women — with a lot less pictures. Erotica publishers report the market has fairly “exploded,” and our own Rachel Kramer Bussel hosts a popular erotica reading series, In the Flesh, at Manhattan’s Happy Ending Lounge. Within erotica, there are multiple sub-genres, each one tailored to whatever a specific demographic is looking for: vampire erotica, “Noire” (with an African-America focus), and old-school romance. What’s the latest growing demographic among erotica readers? As it turns out, men. [MSNBC] Keep reading »
We love the idea, in theory, of a porn magazine for women. Unfortunately, Filament, a British for-women-by-women porn mag, is having a lot of troubles. First, the above-the-waist photos of “feminine” male models, which Filament‘s editors said academic research proved women are attracted to, were not pornographic enough for us. Sorry, but Rufus Wainwright clones don’t make us hot. Fortunately, the mag listened to the complaints and is trying to, um, fluff their content by including guys with erections in the next issue. But now Filament‘s publisher has stated it will not allow them to print pictures of aroused men. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »
We love, love, love today’s Refinery 29 roundup of erotic fashion magazines. And while we heartily agree with their statement regarding the fact that modern-day fashion advertising and editorials are sexier than ever — “With the lines between fashion, eroticism, and porn becoming less and less clear, it seems perfectly on point for a sexy slew of stylized skin mags to arouse new curiosity” — we feel compelled to point out that one of our favorite magazines of all time, Viva, was totally all up on this back in the ’70s, and if you like this kind of stuff, you should get to know it. [Refinery 29 (NSFW)]
Oh, and did we mention that Anna Wintour worked at Viva? More scoop, after the jump… Keep reading »
If we want to get turned on and don’t have a man around, we can put on a dirty movie, magazine, or “art” book. But what do blind people do? There are erotic audiobooks, but they’re mostly read without much emotion by a single person. Lud Romano saw that this market was under-served in erotic material and began producing recorded “plays.” Keep reading »
Just because something is old-fashioned doesn’t mean it’s useless. Case in point: Victorian literature that focuses on the erotic. Check out these original dirty reads from the bygone era…
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Laaaaaaaaaaaaaa-dies! We’ve got a new porno mag out over in England!
But unfortunately, Filament received a sour review from the Daily Mail, which hissed, “Most of the boys pictured are effeminate and not arousing.”
Indeed, we, too, are flabbergasted with Filament‘s idea of what makes women wet. Apparently it’s skinny boy-men with soft features who either outright look like Rufus Wainwright or look like Rufus groupies. The porn mag’s web site explains Filament relied on both published academic research and their own online research to discover what turns women on and they came up with specifics like “men who are not muscle-bound” and “men with more feminine face shapes.”
No thanks! To each her own, we guess. Keep reading »