Erotica author James Lear offers his opinion on why writing erotica (or porn – he uses the terms interchangeably) is a marvelous way to make a living, despite erotica being neglected by mainstream publishing.
I think that erotic literature serves the same purpose as other genre fiction, but with a more literal outcome. A good crime novel, be it by Agatha Christie or Alexander McCall Smith, provides a failsafe formula of crime, investigation and solution. The porn parallel is encounter, seduction and sex. While a whodunnit plots this pattern across an entire book, a porn writer must repeat it several times within one novel, allowing the reader time to recover before revving up the engines again. The reason why dirty books remain in the shadows is very simple: the book trade is not comfortable with masturbation. Books in which children are abused, women murdered and men brutalised crowd the shelves of WH Smith. Books in which consenting adults enjoy each other for the healthy entertainment of literate wankers do not.
Lear’s perspective is refreshingly blunt and analytic. No matter what anyone says about reading for prurient intentions, no one ever ignores money. Especially when that money is profit.
Thanks for Soni for the link.