“It’s about knowing your limits Anastasia. I mean, I’m all for pushing limits, but…”
(p. 61, Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James)
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James has captured a significant chunk of the reading market with its blend of romance, erotica and taboo breaking edginess. I’m visiting Vancouver Canada this week, and everywhere I look I see women reading the book. Perched on chairs on B.C. Ferries, walking in city parks, standing in malls… They don’t seem to care if the cover shows. I haven’t seen such enthusiasm for reading since Harry Potter. Go figure!
The 50 Shades trilogy has created it’s own sub-genre called “Mommy porn” by the reading public. So what is James doing right? What is she doing wrong? Are there rules to writing good sex? And if so, what are they?
My guru in the “writing sex department” is multi-published writer, Mary Buckham.
I highly recommend her comprehensive, on-line course, Sex on the Page. She’s offering it only once this year, in September. Check out her website for details. I recommend it for three reasons:
- the information she provides is thoroughly researched,
- she includes interviews with other authors, and
- she interacts with her students.
It’s an exceptional learning experience. And did I mention, she has a wicked sense of humor?
Mary is approachable. You can ask her anything which is important when it comes to dismantling the mysteries of sex on the page. If you take her course, let me know how you liked it.