The Cultural Triumph of Erotica in 2015, From ‘Fifty Shades’ to High Art

When asked last month if she had to fight for any changes to the film adaptation of her novel Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James responded, “Oh, I had to fight for a lot of things really hard,” adding, “it’s things like this, within any creative process, when you’re the auteur of a whole universe.”

Surveying the cultural landscape in 2015, it is beginning to seem that James is not merely the creator and protector of one fictional universe, but rather the accidental auteur of the entire cultural sphere. There is no denying, to begin with, the newfound weight of erotic fiction in Hollywood now that the adaptation of James’ book has grossed more than $500 million worldwide. And, already, in the wake of the film’s release, Hollywood and television are clambering to produce more romance and erotica adaptations. … Read More

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How Amazon and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Created a Golden Age for Self-Published Romance Authors — and Why It May Already Be Over

“Romance never does go out of fashion. It’s radical.” – Bob Dylan, AARP Magazine

For Monica Murphy, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance writer living in the foothills of California’s Yosemite National Park, a typical day goes like this: she spends an hour online tending to her social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Then, when her three kids are off to school, she gets down to the serious business of writing sexy romance novels. … Read More

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The 10 Sexiest Books of All Time

Today would have been the 110th birthday of one of history’s sexiest women, Anaïs Nin. To honor her confessional and often erotic literary legacy, we suggest you spend the day reading something unabashedly sexy — but no, not Fifty Shades of Meek Girl Blushing. It wouldn’t be a tribute to Ms. Nin if it didn’t have any literary merit. After the jump, cuddle up to our picks for the ten sexiest literary works of all time — but as in all things romantic, it’s to each their own, so if these leave you cold, suggest your own favorite titillating reads in the comments. … Read More

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Sasha Grey’s Writing an Erotic Novel That’s Being Compared to ‘Fight Club’

Sasha Grey has busied herself with a number of projects since her film debut in Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience, including a stint on HBO’s Entourage. Now the former porn actress wants to write an erotic novel, and Deadline reports that she’s secured a deal with imprints Grand Central Publishing and Little, Brown.… Read More

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10 Risqué Books Worth Buying a Kindle to Read

Here at Flavorpill, we can be bit old-fashioned. We usually prefer our books made of bound paper, but we admit the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon has us all running for our Kindles — or buying them. There are certain books you don’t want to carry into work, or be seen reading on the subway, but with the anonymity of an e-reader, you can nurture your secret Christian Grey obsession (or whichever left-of-center obsession you choose) with complete freedom. With all the current fuss over E.L. James, we’ve delved a little deeper into risqué fiction, the kind of stuff you’ll stay up all night reading, whether by candle or Kindle light. Check out our after-dark reading list after the jump. … Read More

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James Franco Erotic Fiction Book to Be Published Soon

We suspect James Franco would approve of a current Kickstarter campaign to create a celebrity fan fiction erotica book inspired by the actor. Meet Fucking James Franco— a “collection of erotic fiction that describes hypothetical sexual encounters with the greatest American actor, writer, and visual artist of all time.” The authors are a… Read More

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