With the social climate here in the US getting more and more conservative, while the number of erotic romance books being sold is growing by leaps and bounds, I can’t help but wonder how these two conflicting phenomenon correlate. Is one a reaction to the other? Or are what we read and what we believe two entirely different things?
I scoured the internet for some data on readers or erotic romance, or even just erotica (the main difference being that erotic romance has a ‘happily ever after’ or a happily for now’ ending). There is no data on the readers at all. The only available information is on the number of books sold. Not surprisingly, the number of ebooks sold versus print books sold is proportionately higher than in other genres of romance or fiction. Obviously the key piece here is that people buy much more erotic literature when they can do so discreetly.
I couldn’t write a story showing my heroine benefiting from her sexual experiences if I thought they were morally wrong, so certainly I am more liberally-minded. But is this true of the readers? This is fantasy after all. Do some readers like to read kinky stuff that they feel is morally wrong, just for the release? Many people like to read about killers and their horrific murders, but that doesn’t mean they are condoning that behavior.
Without passing judgement on anyone, please tell me. Does what you read match your beliefs?