One of the things you learn working in a book store is that there are some seriously strange books out there. And just when you thought you’d seen the strangest one out there – nope, that’s just been annihilated. Some of the weirdest, to me, is the erotica stuff – and I am not a prude by any means, but some of the titles made me giggle uncontrollably. Here are some of my favorites:
Taken by the T-Rex. Who looks at a T-Rex and thinks “sexy”? Christie Sims, that’s who.
Wouldn’t you worry about bits falling off? Are they hoping for bits falling off? I don’t understand.
Aster Zhen is clearly going for a very niche market here. Not just a zombie queen, a mutilated lesbian zombie queen. Ok then.
J.J. Abraham apparently writes all kinds of mythological sexy books. If giant fire-breathing lizards do it for you (I’m looking at you, Daenerys). Abraham is your girl.
The title. The cover. Chuck Tingle (obviously his real name) is a genius.
I may be forced to purchase this, just to figure out what the hell is going on here. How would this work? Where did this idea even come from? SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT IS HAPPENING! Can’t think about this book without laughing.
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My marketing on this book would be S.E.C.R.E.T. : The antidote to Fifty Shades of Grey, by L. Marie Adeline. Also, part of the secret is that L. Marie Adeline is actually Toronto author Lisa Gabriele. This is not her first bestselling novel, and it shows in the quality of her writing compared to other <cough> “writers”.
As the Globe & Mail put it, fans of Fifty Shades would call this book “pure vanilla.” If you’re looking for erotica in the S&M genre, this is not your book (neither is Fifty Shades, try Jacqueline Carey). What it is, however, is erotica for women that is about not just lust, but emotional needs, and how sex is tangled up with them. The main character is in her thirties, is a widow, and has been suppressing her sexual side for a long time. The S.E.C.R.E.T. of the title is a mysterious organization run by women, to help other women achieve a fulfilled sex life. The tagline is “No judgments, no limits, no shame.” It actually had a story. The ending was not your stereotype ending – I won’t ruin it. But if you’re looking for sexy writing that won’t make you want to light the book on fire and throw it out the window, this may be it.
I’m not sure about the decision by multiple libraries to ban Fifty Shades of Grey. Now, as I said in my previous post, I am not a fan of the trilogy. But does this count as censorship?
I understand in the case of the libraries where they don’t carry erotica, period. But what about where they decided not to carry it because the writing is bad? That’s a little subjective. Since when do libraries only carry books that have universally received good reviews? If they did, they would never carry any book.
Wishful thinking aside, I would never presume to tell someone else what they can or cannot read. Unless the library doesn’t carry any book in this genre, including “classics” by the Marquis de Sade, then they shouldn’t be banning the book.
Anyone else have any insights here?
The link below takes you to the full Huffington Post article.
‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Book Now Banned By Libraries In 3 States.