Links: Odd Statistics, Deals, and Being Classy

I normally don't read the email that lands in my inbox dealing with 50 Shades and all things tangentially related to it. For example, this picture. No, wait. Before you cilck the link, I warn you, you can't unsee it once you've seen it. So be sure you want to know about this book. Ready? Ok. Have a link

Yeah. I know. 

So I'm a little weary of slap-a-black-and-white-photo-on-it and ride the wave that's running out of tide, but when I received this information in my inbox (and heaven only knows how I got on this publicity list) I thought it was interesting and worth sharing with y'all. Ignore the puns. Really, you'll run out of integers if you try to count them all.

Leading adult entertainment website, YouPorn (NSFW) (DUH) – which 50 Shades author E.L. James once cited as a research tool – has been pounded by an enormous surge in views for terms such as “domination”, “sex slave”, “master” and “sadism”, with people from the UK and US leading the way. The spike in erotic searches coincides with the novel’s meteoric rise to fame over the past several months.

Here’s just a small sample of the mind-blowing statistics from YouPorn:

BDSM-related searches went up 67.65% worldwide from April to June 2012. The Country that saw the biggest increase was United Kingdom where searches grew by 145%, followed by United States at 86.4%

The Term “bondage” showed the biggest increase in the US with a 397% spike. In the UK, “sex slave” jumped 287%. And in Germany, the favorite was “slave”, up 52.6%

On a global scale, YouPorn has released these findings:

Search Terms         Worldwide increase %

Domination              82.06%

Sex slavem             78.96%

Master                     71.91%

Sadism                    71.81%

Slave                       61.56%

Wax                        54.07%

BDSM                     54.04%

If folks are learning about kink and sexual possibilities, that's pretty spiffy. And since we can learn about things from the privacy of our own homes and phones (at least, I hope that 86% US increase in search terms weren't coming from public library computers), that's a lot of curiosity being satisfied. 

I'm at Kirkus this week talking about Olympic romances, with help from Katie Dunneback, Maili, and Cassandra Carr. After I submitted the article, more Olympic romances appeared in my tweetstream, including a m/m romance from KA Mitchell.

I love watching the Olympics for the same reason I like reading romance:

In that way, the Olympics function similarly to romance for me, as each novel presents a similar opportunity: to relate and empathize with people very different from me, and to understand the emotions we all have in common across those differences. Just as romance can make certain experiences the centerpiece and blow them up more-than-life size, so do the Olympics take everyday expectations and nerves and blow them up to internationally broadcast proportions.

Any Olympic romances you recommend?

There was some discussion on Twitter about the new Harlequin line, Heartsong Presents. The new description of the line is online at the Harlequin site, and it emphasizes, “Main characters must be Christians or convert to Christianity by the end of the book,” and “Sweet love stories with a conservative, evangelical Christian worldview.”

Now, I know Harlequin does consumer research and clearly there must be a market for these romances. However, reading the description makes me think of a question:

Would you read romance where Islam, Judaism, Shintoism, Taoism, or any other world religion was a primary focus? I would. I remember reading HelenKay Dimon's Impulsive and being very curious about the Japanese hero's religious rituals, such as a memorial service for his grandmother who had died years prior. I'm not saying Harlequin needs to do a line for every religion – not at all.

But as someone who is curious about different religions and faith customs, I would love to read more about something other than evangelical Christianity. That would be one hell of an anthology: family dinners with different families who keep very different customs? Awesome. As long as it wasn't all “As you know, Bob,” explaining everything obviously, I'd love that. 

But then, I get tired of the nonstop Christmas in romance, and it's almost time for the Christmas anthologies to hit the porch. 


Via Scrinn: a Reddit thread created the best combination of music and sound effects, which was then posted to GrassCity, which is all about cultiaving the best front lawn money can buy:

Open 3 tabs in your browser, and open these three links in each tab:

Endless video  Fireplace


Turnabout Jazz Soul: Godot – the Fragrance of Dark Coffee

Now, relax and feel like the coolest person ever. Lawn optional.


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    Lori says:

    Leading adult entertainment website, YouPorn (NSFW) (DUH) – which 50 Shades author E.L. James once cited as a research tool


    This explains so much.

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    Scrin says:

    On the plus side, I did see some amateur voice actors reading 50 Shades of Gray in the voices of some anime characters, Droopy T. Dawg, Mickey Mouse, and Gollum.

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    Hmm.  I find it odd that Harlequin started a new Christian line when they already have all the Love Inspired books.  Reading the guidelines, I would guess that these are even more conservative?  I’m pretty sure I’ve read a LI with dancing before.  But maybe not; it’s been a while since I read any of them. 

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    Sveta says:

    Aren’t there enough Christian themed lines? @Sharon (Fictionally Inclined) I have the same thoughts as you. I also agree with what Sarah. Couldn’t there be at least one line that deals with different world religions and doesn’t include Christianity as its main focus? Maybe something like Diversity Line where different books can focus on different religions or customs? I’d love to find a current novel that’s related to Judaism and where heroine is Jewish, and I would love to read more about Hinduism or Taoism and so forth.


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    Jennifer Comeaux says:

    My romance Life on the Edge is about an Olympic figure skater: http://jennifercomeaux.blogspo…

    Watching all these hot swimmers on my TV every night is making me want to write an Olympic swimming romance!

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    Tam says:

    They’re not romance, but the Faye Kellerman novels about Peter Decker feature an Orthodox Jewish heroine, Rina – I think I learnt more minutiae about the different strands of American Judaism in those books…  The series loses focus eventually, but Rina is a terrific character – beautiful and virtuous without being dull.

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    Barb Frivance says:

    I bought Boomerang Bride from Carina yesterday at $3.89 (vs $ 5.99). Just checked, and the price is still good today.

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    Sandy James says:

    Actually, all Carina contemporaries are 20% off!! That includes the first epubbed Rita-winning Boomerang Bride!  I’m so proud of what Carina has accomplished so quickly, and I’m thrilled to be one of their authors!!

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    Elise Logan says:

    In terms of an Olympic read, I very much enjoyed Elizabeth Lowell’s Summer Games (the original Silhouette IM version, not the expanded retitled version, which was okay, but not as good). The heroine is an Olympic equestrienne – eventing – and the story takes place over the Olympics.

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    de_Pizan says:

    I could give the Louisa May author Thoreau, as Alcott said she and her sisters were enamored with him when they were young; and Thoreau was relatively near her in age (15 years older). However, both Hawthorne and Emerson were nearly 30 years older than Alcott, both married happily, and Hawthorne was kind of a prick about women authors. Don’t buy it with either of them.

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    Beggar1015 says:

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    Anony Miss says:

    There is a huge amount of Jewish fiction out there, not nearly as much as Christian fiction, natch.

    But I think it’s much the same reason: give people something to read where they can identify with the characters (and of course, not be offended by anything). Literature, as my Am Lit professor (his name was Manifred – could he have been anything but a lit prof?) said, good fiction is all about reading and feeling: “I’m not the only one to have that feeling.” Hence specialization within religious communities.

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    Tam says:

    Also, my favourite Olympic-themed book remains Jilly Cooper’s Riders.  I know, I know… but I still love it.

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    Jimthered says:

    My favorite reading so far has been Jon St. John, voice of Duke Nukem, taking a stab at the book:…

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    LG says:

    OMG, I couldn’t even make it all the way through that. Laughing too hard. I think I’ll try again later.

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    Unimaginative says:…

    Gilbert Gottfried reads 50SoG.  Best casting EVER.

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    LauraN says:

    Yeah, it’s silly.  But then, I do cherish my copy of “Pride and Promiscuity.”  It’s not that great, but the very idea of our dear Jane writing such scenes . . . it makes me giggle.

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    Melinda Smith says:

    When I saw the bonnet on the cover I thought for a moment it was going to be “50 Shades of Laura Ingalls Wilder.” :P

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    Annabeth Albert says:

    I love the K.A. Mitchell title so much—the idea of what happens to former child prodigy athletes when they meet the real world is handled so well. It’s one of my favorites from her.

    Kellie Kamryn has two books that feature the gymnastics world—Rebound and Perfect score. I just downloaded Rebound and am enjoying it.

    There’s an Olympic themed anthology of m/m romances coming on August 17th from MLR—Going for Gold (lots of sports featured!)

    Samhain had a call for Olympic themed novellas last year—I wonder if that will be coming out soon too?

    I’m trying to remember the title, but there was a harlequin on my keeper shelf for YEARS that featured an Olympic skier. Probably from the early/mid 90s.

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    Rose says:

    Riders is trashy but so entertaining.

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    Becca says:

    for a nice 50 Shades parody, go to:…

    favorites are:

    She was such a tease. ‘I’m just going to slip into something hot and see-through,’ she promised. I waited all night in that greenhouse . .

    She was such a tease. ‘I’m just going to slip into something hot and see-through,’ she promised. I waited all night in that greenhouse . .

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    Heather says:

    As a Muslim woman, I’d LOVE to read some romances with Muslim characters (and not as a “oh, Christian man/woman meets a Muslim woman/man and in the end the Muslim sees the “Truth of JE-SUS” and converts to Christianity”). Gag me. People can, and do, fall in love without converting to their partner’s faith. -.-

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    Vicki says:

    Sadly, by the time I get to the sales, some of them are sales no more. But thanks for the postings. I always enjoy checking them out.

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    Nicole Hulst says:

    Heartsongs Presents isn’t a new line, just new to Harlequin. Barbour (a Christian publisher) used to have it. I remember clearancing them all the time when I worked at a UBS.
    Inspies give me heartburn.

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    Jewel says:

    OMG laughing so hard at this! So funny!!!

    Especially like when the guy on the right says “I didn’t say it was good grammar.”

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    Kate4queen says:

    Raises hand-me too. :) That Rupert is indelibly stuck in my memory

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    SB Sarah says:

    Vicki – what sale were you looking for? The prices are still coming up low for me. Which book was not on sale for you?

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    at least, I hope that 86% US increase in search terms weren’t coming from public library computers

    As a public librarian, I can firmly say that some of these searches WERE coming from public library computers. Feel free to get skivved out now.

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    Scrin says:

    Those two guys are amateur voice actors. They also read it themselves, with some other guys, and spent 45 minutes reading pretty much a whole chapter. And used the voices of some anime characters, Mickey Mouse, Jimmy Stewart, Marlon Brando from the Godfather, Christian Bale Batman, Nicholas Cage, and Gollum. Much hilarity and interruptions.…

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