I have noticed a big trend that I think says a lot about our society. Frankly, I personally find it to be a little disturbing.
I’ve gotten myself onto a number of book promotion lists in the last few months. Of course, I’m watching these as I get closer to my own release date for The Fallen. This is just part of the territory as an Independent Author. The amount of sheer smut being produced now days is just amazing to me. No matter what list I’m on I see mostly erotica coming across the feeds and that disturbs me.
Now, I think that Erotica has a place in the market. Sure, there are always going to be people who want to read it. It has been around for as long as I can remember. But, what really gets me is how accessible it is. Anyone can get onto those lists. Including children and preteens. Many of the kids I know like to read. This is an awesome thing. I’m all for it. But as creators I think we also have a responsibility to keep things appropriate.
Advertising is a must. We all know that. But the blurbs and cover copy should tell about the story and not simply be an outtake from a steamy scene. There are porn forums for that sort of material. (Or have those gone the way of the Dodo bird?) Enticement is an art from. Sex may sell but the art of seduction is, to my knowledge and experience, lost on us. Maybe that is because we’ve become a society fixated on instant gratification. Regardless, the blatant displays of sexually explicit material on these lists is growing and I, for one, find it disturbing.
I am wholly aware that I am old fashioned though. Maybe it is a completely acceptable thing in our society. I mean, we’re living in a world where I see headlines about politicians wanting to start sex-education in schools in kindergarten and a time in which child-rapists get to walk free without consequence for those actions.
I find myself increasingly disturbed by the trends I see just in the news today. Maybe that is a sign that I am out of touch with modern socially accepted customs. Maybe it just proves me to be a “fuddy-duddy”. I don’t really care.
No, I haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey. Honestly, I’m not likely to. It doesn’t appeal to me.
And on that note, I”m off to do a solo writer’s cafe and get some lunch while I run some errands.