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Books in the News: “Between the Covers”

CBS Sunday Morning featured another vignette on publishing this morning. The subject: the rising popularity of erotic romance novels in the wake of the “Fifty Shades” trilogy.

Starring in the short segment was seventy-six-year-old romance novelist Desiree Holt, author of a dizzying array of over one-hundred-and-forty erotic titles.

Holt’s publisher, the Akron Ohio-based Elora’s Cave also makes a cameo appearance when reporter Bill Geist visits one of their cover photo shoots.

While Holt shakes off the derisive title of “mommy porn” or pornography for her works, insisting that they are stories about relationships and love, Geist responds with skepticism.

It will be interesting to see how the erotic romance market fairs as the popularity of the “Fifty Shades” trilogy wanes–perhaps the spike in readership will begin to change opinions about this once marginal romance subgenre.

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~ Michelle





One thought on “Books in the News: “Between the Covers”

  1. I haven’t read the “Fifty Shades” trilogy but I do remember watching the movie “Quills” (Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix and Geoffrey Rush) and being amused by the eagerness of the 18th century populace in France to be titillated by the often shocking eroticism in the tales penned by the Marquis de Sade.

    The more salacious the material, the more people desire to be exposed to it, like giggling eleven year olds sharing a dirty picture behind the school gym. Some walk away in disgust, feeling cheated by the very commonness of it all, while others take one look and feel something click inside. Then they want more.

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