Friday, April 18, 2008

Am I allowed to say the P word?

Well, sure I am! Read on...

I had a post and then my computer crashed. So you’ll just have to wait until I’m next rostered on for what I was originally going to talk about.

I’m going to my first SF/F convention in May -- Wiscon -- and I got on a panel! You guys will just love the title:

Porn Crushes the Patriarchy!

Here’s the blurb:

"Erotica for women is coming into the mainstream--novels from the pioneering Black Lace line are now available in trade paperback editions, shelved among the romance novels, which have long been described as 'porn for women,' and several major publishers (Harlequin, Avon, Kensington, etc.) have begun lines of women's erotica in the last couple of years. Publishers go where the money is, but what made the market favorable for erotica right now? Who's buying the books? Was the renaissance encouraged by online publishers such as Ellora's Cave? And does reading (and writing) porn really crush the patriarchy? "

Ok, I’m throwing this out to you -- where did the market come from for erotica and erotic romance? (and I’m sure I’m going to have to define the difference, I don’t know who the other people are on the panel)

Does reading/writing porn really crush the patriarchy?

Did I mention this is a feminist SF/F convention?

I am going to have so much fun!


Pam Rosenthal said...

I'm so excited for you, Celia, and with you too. Keep posting! Keep us posted!

Victoria Janssen said...

I think erotic romance generally has to follow the romance trope of happily-ever-after, except that the defintion of "happy" can vary a bit more, in that marriage is not required, a happy menage is okay, etc.. I think erotic romance also sticks a bit more to showing the development of a relationship or relationships on its way to that happy ending. Erotica can end happily or unhappily; also, the progress of relationships doesn't have to be romantic, in fact could follow a path of self-discovery that has little to do with the character's sexual partner.

Celia May Hart said...

Victoria -- yup, that's pretty much how I define erotic romance too!