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- For example we have writers from before "erotic romance" was a thing.
- We have writers from before the breakthrough of self-publishing and e-publishing respectively.
- We have authors from when these things were brave new frontiers, and those from after they become mainstream.
- And now we have the first fresh intake of authors who were oblivious to erotic romance until they read 50 Shades of Grey.
By no means are these hard and fast divisions as some of the most progressive and original authors vault from paradigm to paradigm with envy-inducing ease. But as I read yet another press release from an author inspired by 50 Shades to revolutionize our now rather venerable sub-genre, I must admit I roll my eyes a little.
It is not as if any of us were in the business of writing banal hack fiction waiting for 'Susan from Alabama' or 'Kat from Australia' (or the next self-proclaimed savior of sex writing) to rescue us with her shocking new ideas that sex is good and erotica can be literary.
We're here, we're writing erotic romance, and... um... we've been doing this for a while now. Is it not time that people stopped planting a flag and claiming to have suddenly discovered the fact that sex and romance are a pretty nifty literary combination?