Taboo Can Be Disguised

All too often, many things are marked as a taboo because people either don’t understand, aren’t willing to take the time to understand them or have already formed an opinion based on nothing but comments they have heard. In this day and age, where we don’t have the time to spend researching everything that comes our way, some can be quick to judge and are in no rush to tweak opinions or certain understandings of particular topics. It only takes one person, however, to challenge people’s views and many take stock, realising that ignorance isn’t always bliss. In this instance, we refer to erotic fiction; something that the Evening Standard recently pulled up as not as dirty as many are led to believe. It can be incredibly sensual and freeing, relying on your imagination to make of it what you want.

In a similar way, perhaps, certain groups see cheap London escorts as just that, taking it at face value rather than the monetary advantage they offer. Like erotic fiction, which is quickly branded trashy and a cliche, it can take one person’s opinion to sway a crowd. In this instance, thanks to an insightful and relevant article in the Evening Standard, this particular genre of books is making a massive comeback. Because of misconceptions, readers might be put off showing what it is they’re actually reading for fear of women moving their children away from them on the train, thinking them to be devoid of social behaviour. This is completely ridiculous, and those that think this are too close-minded to even have children. But the rise of the Kindle, and the other ebook readers available, has allowed for a much more honest book selection by readers.

The best selling novel of the year so far is The Fifty Shades of Grey; an S&M trilogy. Reaching 10 million sales last week, demand far outweighs supply as publishers struggle to print in time. It’s not just a fluke, however. The option to read anonymously, reading the naughty bits undercover, means the whole erotic fiction genre has driven sales up by 30%. With the publishers realising just how popular this can be, they are driving social networking sites in the hopes of discovering the next Erika James. Though it’s not as easy as you think. It’s not just a case of thinking of double entendres and innuendos. Like any tale, it needs a beginning, a middle and an end. It needs a plot. Perhaps a twist? But most of all, it needs readers who are allowed to get lost in the story, safe in the knowledge that the grandmother sitting opposite them on the Northern Line, High Barnet branch, isn’t going to judge (probably because she’s jealous). But e-readers are pushing forward on this because of the lack of jacket covers. Meaning you can read in peace.