Some Book-related Fun – September 21st, 2013

The story behind the 50 Shades phenomena starting out as Twilight fanfic is well known. What interests me, however, isn’t how, with a little massaging fanfic can be turned into best selling novels and potentially high grossing films but the tendency of fanfic writers and role players to give their SLs a sexier and more adult edge than many original creators do. What is it about adapting YA characters or stepping into their virtual skin online that seems to encourage putting them into explicit sexual situations? Adults are not the only RPers online but somehow you wouldn’t guess that reading some of the stuff I see. What is it about racy writing that seems to make is so popular or easy online?

Epic Fantasy For All Audiences


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2 responses to “Some Book-related Fun – September 21st, 2013

  1. I think it has less to do with the writing and more with the reader. I’d note that the most popular category (by volume) of book sales BY FAR is romance category novels. Let’s simply say that the soccer moms are voracious readers, and they like racy things to read. Good, bad, or indifferent – that’s simply the facts as proven by historical sales. 🙂

    • Yes, romance readers are voracious, but that doesn’t mean they all like racy reads. Some of the more well established subgenres, such as Regency Romances are recognizable because they conform to the social mores of that period and are not racy at all. Further, there are role players who are not romance readers (or at least not known to be) who get very racy online. In fact, some RPers only seem to have SLs revolving around sex.

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