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IS THAT ALL THERE IS?



The author P. A. Brown asks: Is sex the only thing that sells books?

I think many of us - both as authors and readers - would protest that we love and appreciate a mix of good characterisation, strong, plausible plots and erotic rather than gratuitous sex, but ... the predominantly-sexy books (as marketed) still sell more than books with little or no erotic content. Publishers confirm this.

Interesting.

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merith
Aug. 7th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
I think the trend has been there - sex sells. Remember back in the fanfiction days where the more erotic the story was, the more it was in favor. Those with a more character or story driven plot that weren't sexually charged didn't do as well.

It's hard to be pissed at readers for being so silly; they're only following their tastes of the moment. And authors (if you can call some that) are only following the dollar those readers spend.

clarelondon
Aug. 9th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
*nod*
And all the readers who'd say - great story, but what about some more bedroom scenes??!!! :)

And yours are wise words. We can't prescribe what other people should like or not like, everyone's entitled to their taste. It's just very disheartening when the sales figures get reported.
*hugs*
egret17
Aug. 7th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
*sigh* Not a fan of gratuitous sex in books - it really out to advance the story!
clarelondon
Aug. 9th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
I agree totally! And I also believe that many readers can and do tell the difference. It's just very disheartening to see the sales figures :(.
onebookwoman
Aug. 7th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
I think it's interesting that P.A. Brown asked this because so many of her books are plot based detective/cop/procedural stories where sex isn't the driving force of the book. The same applies with Blinded by Our Eyes. Your most recent book isn't based on sex either.

Even if I purchase a book with heavy sex scenes, it still must have something else to keep me interested. I don't buy PWP.
clarelondon
Aug. 9th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
I agree with you, I think that's why her post resonated with me so much - because she is known for good thrillers with romantic characterisation, as opposed to the sex being all (and only). I also agree wholeheartedly with you about PWP :). Most of us like a hot read when we're in the mood, but repetitive sex for the sake of it palls.

And many thanks for the encouragement about BBOE! A little like Pat, I'm in two minds at the moment as to whether or where my writing may be going. It's always great to hear people connected with my book :).
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