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I read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.
Yeah, I fell for the hype. I wanted to know why everyone was buying it, why there was "going to be a Fifty Shades baby boom" (or something along those lines)... And for the first time, I was actually curious about erotica as a genre.
I only recently started venturing more into adult books over YA, after all. Though I didn't like Fifty Shades very much (had the same problems with it as Twilight -- Ana! Make up your mind. Stop letting Christian walk all over you. And also, what is up with your sub-conscious? etc.), the book(s) made me want to explore more of the genre.
So many people have mentioned how much sex there is in Fifty Shades, how little tension there is to keep the book(s) going. I thought it was just a Fifty Shades thing, and yet I've found the same problem in other erotica novels (though, to be quite honest, I haven't read lots and lots of them). Yeah, some authors write really hot sex scenes (way hotter than those in Fifty Shades)... but there still doesn't seem to be enough build-up before the characters get hot and heavy, and the rest of the book focuses on more sex, and the issues that arise from that rather than character chemistry issues.
Personally, that's what I think makes the stakes rise. Meredith Duran's one of my favorite romance authors. You put the kind of character relationship that she created in the Duke of Shadows with erotica? Yeah, that'd be hot. I heard that Bared to You was not only a better written erotica than Fifty Shades but also had a stronger female protagonist and a more dynamic romance pair. It was/did, but it still jumped into the sex too quickly for me. Is most erotica like that? I actually don't know.
Maybe I've been reading the wrong books, or maybe I'm just not the right person to read erotica. But I confess: I'm kind of disappointed.
You ready for it?