Has 50 Shades of Grey Made Erotic Romance Popular Again?

This isn't going to be a review for the EL James '50 Shades' trilogy - there are plenty of other great places that already do that - and anyway I'm pretty sure that you already know the jist of the books by now - domineering older guy, young naive woman, lots of spanking, yada yada.

What I am more interested in however, is that it now seems that erotic romance has become more, well, dominate (hehe) in the book world right now. And writers galore seem to be jumping on the bandwagon and pumping out their own sexy romance books and stories to titillate and thrill their readers. (Try as I might I couldn't make this paragraph not sound dirty. Anyway ...)

If you have a look at Google Trends over the past twelve months, you'll see that the term 'erotic romance' while on a slight downtrend, has now begun it's ascent again after the popularity of 50 Shades of Grey exploded.

How Could I Not Include This Hilarious Clip of Ellen Reading 50 Shades - Come on!

But Should Author's Be Writing Erotic Romances To Cash In?

So if more women (and men) are now reading these sexy romances, does that mean that there is more money to be made as a writer? Should we all jump on the bandwagon and write our own sexy romances as well?

Why not!

While I have no illusions that any other writer is going to have the same success as EL James is having right now (good for her), I see no reason why, if you have the talent to do so, that you shouldn't be thinking about writing your own stories. Just as paranormal romance was popular last year, this year it's mommy porn.

Lots of writers will tell you to write about what you want to and forget about what's popular. But I don't see a problem with chasing trends.

I write under a lot of different genres - and yes I've written a sexy story in my time too, but I'd rather write what is selling and that can make me money - because after all I wouldn't be publishing them if I didn't want to sell them.

Start with a short story to test the market and see what happens.

Or write a whole series. But most of all have fun while you are doing it.

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PWalker281 4 years ago

It's on my "to read" list, right after I finish the erotic paranormal I'm currently reading. The world is finally waking up to what we women have been reading for quite some time now. Mommy porn, indeed!

I may even try my hand at writing some (under a pen name, of course :-)). I like your advice to start with a short story. How many words to pen one? Voted up and interesting.


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Uninvited Writer 4 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

I can be stubborn and refuse to read the same book everyone is reading. It doesn't sound like my kind of book anyway :)


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Sheena Hayes 4 years ago from Fayetteville, North Carolina

I'll be honest that I had no idea what this book was about. I may read it, I may not. We'll see. As for jumping on bandwagons, I find that if you're capable of writing a well-written book of a specific genre you are writing what you want.

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