Links of Many Levels

Oh, Dear Lord, Level 1: According Kate Copstick, to the new owner of Britain’s Erotic Review, male erotica writers are wanted because women are “not straightforward enough about sex.”

“It’s almost like writing about food … Ladies who lunch, should not really write about food because they don’t really love food. They don’t salivate at the thought of a great steak.”

She said she loved sex so could write about it in the “scratch and itch burst of endorphins” style in which it should be written.

Oh, Dear Lord, Level 2: Annmarie reports that buses in Chicago are wrapped with ads for Kindle II, Matzoh edition. Take a look.

I’d prefer they make the bus look like an actual Kindle.

Oh, Honey, Me Too, Level 1: Shayera writes at Romancing the Blog about glomming genres – I so do this. Like craving a specific type of cuisine and sampling all the different dishes. Romance by tapas?

Oh, Honey, Me Too, Level 2: From Sarah F, yet another Sarah discovers romance and how the best of it is out-freaking-standing-tabulous.



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  1. 1
    rebyj says:

    Link 1: That’s so silly and sexist.  It’s easy enough to turn yourself into a male writer. No penis needed, just a nom de plume. But isn’t that like regressing back 200 years?

  2. 2
    Robin says:

    Kate Copstick needs to get out more. Or at least online more. Or at least she needs to read more. Any would probably do, because what she’s flashing is not a sexy truth; it’s boring old ignorance.

  3. 3
    SonomaLass says:

    I glom genres too—sometimes until I am sick of them and have to cleanse my palate with something else.

  4. 4
    Scratch and Itch Burst? says:

    Who knew that “women” and “ladies who lunch” were synonymous? Not me. I guess I’d better crack open D. H. Lawrence for a glimpse of real raunch.

    merely74? my goodness…

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    Sarah W says:

    1.  Has this woman read any romances after, say 1992?  Or spoken to any actual women?  Or even watched Oprah?  Very few women think it’s shameful to like sex, or to admit to liking sex.  Many of us insist on endorphins being generated for all parties involved.

    And if she thinks she can write better erotica than all those other female authors she’s lumping together, let her put her MS where her mouth is.

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    EmmyS says:

    There’s no link for the Chicago buses, and as a Chicagoan I want to see the pictures! I can’t say I’ve seen any of these buses yet…

  7. 7

    Direct quote from the first link article:
    “as well as the erotic fiction she said most women were so bad at writing.”

    Well dayum.  Where the f*ck has she been for the past…oh, 5-10 years?

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    Carin says:

    Glomming on genres?  I so do this.  I had no idea others did.  Right now I’m all about the contemporary.  The paranormals? They are so last month.  Historicals?  Ya, I think that was April.  I had no idea other people did this.  Cool.

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    Joanna S. says:

    Well, fuckmerunning…

    I guess they’re going to take away my vagina and give me a penis because I sure as hell do salivate at the thought of a great steak.  Even at a perfectly “respectable” ladies lunch! You know, when the commercials come on and they cut into the glorious meat, and it oozes those delicious, bloody juices.  *NOMNOMNOMNOM*

    Maybe it’s because I was raised in Texas?  Or perhaps the above is the start of my male paranormal erotica manuscript…naw, I think I’m jsut hungry.

  10. 10
    Bonnie says:

    There’s no link for the Chicago buses, and as a Chicagoan I want to see the pictures! I can’t say I’ve seen any of these buses yet…

    Me, neither and I ride them regularly. 

    I’ll be looking….

  11. 11

    I will now break out of years of lurkerdom to be transparently delighted I was linked on Smart Bitches!

  12. 12
    Shayera says:

    OMG! You linked to me! You’re ever so kind and nice and I hope you liked it.

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    Kat says:

    Copstick was interviewed this morning on The Book Show (Aus radio) – you can download a podcast from the link. The interview, also with Linda Jaivin, who writes erotic fiction, talks about what Copstick said regarding women writing erotica, and also whether or not writing sex should or shouldn’t have subtext and context. I didn’t expect to enjoy the interview as much as I did.

    If I understood Copstick properly, she says she wants to see sex written well unadorned with emotion and layers, and that erotica is innundated with women writers who can’t write without the layers. As an example, she says Anne Rice is one of her favourite erotic fiction writers (Beauty books), but Copstick skips the context and just goes to the sex.

    Jaivin argues that maybe that’s more about her as a reader than about the author. She also jokingly says she’d like to be nominated for bad sex award, but she keeps losing out to men. *g* She also suggsted that maybe Copstick just doesn’t know the right women. Heh.

    I tweeted a few excerpts, in case anyone is interested, but you’ll have to hunt around my tweetfeed to find them, probably.

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