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Monday, April 25, 2011

Erotica, that's what SHE said

Magnet #1158 - Wasteland

Hee. My friends went to the Romantic Times convention in LA last week - for work and for fun. And I got lotsa magnets! Yay!

Of course, most of them have nekkid boys and girls on them, so now I'm left with figuring out how to use them without inviting every bot and spammer known to man.

I do love this pretty magnet...even as the website on it is particularly giggle-worthy for me. I shan't link to it, for fear of NSFW content, even though I don't really know if it is, or not.

And that's pretty indicative of today's marketplace.

It wasn't all that long ago that that the Erotica sections at book stores were stand-alone, and off to the side. Indeed, my friend who had to read/buy Erotica (for work) would go off down the aisle to browse, leaving me in the regular romance section.

Nowadays, for better or worse, the Erotica lives right next to and in some cases, within the shelves of regular romance - steamy hot covers of hard-bodied warriors and strong fonts mixed in with pretty lacy dresses and curlicue fonts.

For better, because it legitimizes a genre that's long been unrecognized, even as their numbers bear out a dedicated and buying audience.

For worse, because for those who aren't looking for all that ahem, adventure, it's getting harder and harder to tell the difference between the two genres.

I'll admit, I'm in the latter category - I've never read an Erotica title, nor am I likely to. I don't judge or begrudge their existence, but it's just not my cup of tea.

The magnets are pretty hot, though. Nope, I don't mind that.

At all.
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