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Friday, 27 April 2012

Posh Porn

Have you heard about Fifty Shades of Grey?

The New York Times bestselling erotic fiction paperback by E. L. James is causing quite a stir. The trilogy is set largely in Seattle, and traces the deepening relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele and a young business magnate, Christian Grey. A bit of bondage, submission and S&M are all thrown in.  Reminds me of 'The Secretary' film featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader (which I highly recommend).

Mumsnet were actually giving away 50 copies of Shades of Grey earlier in the week (which annoyingly I missed out on), and from what I have heard it seems loads of us ladies will be packing it for poolside reading this summer. Because it's now cool to read 'posh porn' - didn't you know?

Erotica that stimulates a few brain cells as well as our loins is the latest thing. We no longer have to choose between the quivering love puddings/heaving chests/thigh tremors a la Mills & Boons, or, predictable/boring/monosyllabic porn enjoyed by white van man.  Hooray! Erotica is actually being combined with a decent read at last.

The last trilogy I salivated over and guiltily coerced other female friends into reading was the Twilight saga. I think it was a safety in numbers thing. A group of us ladies (all far too sensible to be dribbling over R Patz) get together to drool collectively over the Twilight films; pizza, wine, movie and lots of ooh-err missus comments. Husbands are shooed away for the evening.

During 'Breaking Dawn' my popcorn sharing buddy whispered to me during the almost sex scene between Edward and Bella 'do you think he has a cold willy?' (Vampires are cold blooded for those of you not in the know). Whilst great fun was had by all, most of us left feeling a little cheated, it seems your appetite for erotica, along with taste in clothes and shoes, does mature with age. Teenage trysts and sexual tension just don't cut it. So bring on the posh porn I say.

 So without further ado, if you are interested, here are a few titles suggested by the Guardian of where you can find your high-brow erotica kicks...

Fifty Shades of Grey
Story of O
The Purple Shroud
Mischief Books (collection of erotica)

And finally for those of you who don't have time to read a novel - you can always wait for the film.... Casting rumours suggest Ian Somerhalder (who plays Damien Salvatore in Vampire Diaries: image left) might play the lead chappie. So yet again, I may find myself shamefully drooling over a sexy (ex)vampire - its simply unavoidable!!
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1 comment:

  1. I have yet to read this and like you say, has so far received a mixed response from others. I haven't got a female friends club - lost contact with many them years ago after school, so would be an amazing experience to have a girls evening sharing such excitement!. However, I am neither wealthy nor married - I would like to buy everything on my Amazon wish-list however and one day visit that posh-porn shop in Weybridge if I ever happen to inherit an expensive ring or watch?.

    I love your article by the way and as an aspiring writer myself, will definitely be writing some posh-porn as it is such a creative field! x.

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