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 %
Sex slavem 78.96%
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:
Now, relax and feel like the coolest person ever. Lawn optional.
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