The first section of the book—and consequently the first set of quotes from Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey that we’ll be sharing with you—are all about the series as erotic fiction. We’ll update this post on October 9 with quotes from the nine essays from the erotic fiction section. You can also catch the quotes daily on our Tumblr and Fifty Writers Facebook page.
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Erotic Fiction Quotes
“It is the secret behind all of our writing. And our reading. Arousal starts in the mind. And grows in the mind. The brain is the most erogenous zone in a woman’s body. That is our secret. And it is what we share.” —M.J. Rose, “Between the Covers”
“Putting aside the mumbles and grumbles from the legions of hard-working, and unarguably more talented, erotica writers out there…Fifty Shades will, no doubt, be remembered as when everything changed. Okay, it may not be as big as the wheel, the internal combustion engine, antibiotics, or the personal computer, but it’s still a total and complete game changer.” —M.Christian, “The Game Changer”
“An editor finds the book, changes it, publishes it. The ordinary wife and mother has, without trying, become an author, garnered an audience, fame, millions of dollars, and the adoration of legions. Some women burn the book. Other women read it and burn.” —Tiffany Reisz, “This Is the Story”
“The traditional publishing industry has had to acknowledge that there is a strong market for erotic fiction written, edited, and purchased by women. These aren’t the bodice rippers of old. These aren’t the books you hide in your bedside table or inside a copy of Ulysses. Romance is a multibillion-dollar business and erotic content is a huge part of that market.” —Louise Fury, “Fifty Shades of Change”
“[T]he covers being used on erotic trades are now uniformly subtle, with flowers, scarves, feathers, pearls, belts, and stilettos, but the latest brown paper bag is an immediately recognizable one, which means it’s not really there at all. We know something sexy is gong to be found between those innocent-looking covers and we don’t care who sees us with them.” —Sylvia Day, “The Brown Paper Bag”
“It doesn’t matter what labels are being given to Fifty Shades of Grey and other books in the erotica and erotic romance genres. What matters is the amount of public¬ity and increased sales and readership that have come from the media uproar. Personally, if I were selling millions of copies of my books, the media could label it anything they wanted, and I wouldn’t care. I would simply laugh all the way to the bank, and I know many writers that feel exactly the same way.” —Lucy Felthouse, “Labels, Schmabels, I’ll take the Publicity!”
“I think thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey more of my acquaintances have respect for and an interest in what I write. There is less judgment all around. Not that they pause any less when they talk about it with me or others, but that is their sexual issue, not mine. They realize that the genre doesn’t deserve to be stereotyped or automatically discounted. There is more to it than they thought, and it has become something they are willing to enjoy now that they’ve opened themselves up to the possibility.” —Rachel Kenley, “Porn Writer on the PTA”
“Because there’s sex on every page (actually, there isn’t. There’s sex on a vast majority of the pages)…the books have been billed as erotica. But whether romance authors, editors, and publishers wish to admit it or not, it isn’t the amount of explicit sex that makes a book romance or erotica, it’s the plotline and the happily-ever-after contrivance.” —D.L. King, “Is Fifty Shades Erotica? Ask an Erotica Writer”