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5.0 out of 5 stars Making Romance Erotic, 14 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: The Fifty Shades of Grey Phenomena - How to write best-selling erotic romance (Kindle Edition)
Now we've all had a chance to read `Fifty Shades of Grey,' it was a delight to come across `The Fifty Shades of Grey Phenomena,' which brilliantly explains why EL James's three novels have met with such amazing success. Erotic literature has always been something of a murky backwater but, with Fifty Shades, the genre has become mainstream.

A novelist of some repute herself, Chloe Thurlow outlines why this phenomenon has occurred and also how other writers and would-be writers can achieve the same. According to Ms Thurlow, EL James's major achievement was to write a romance and add an erotic component, rather than to write an erotic book with a glimpse of romance. The difference may seem subtle, even minor, but twenty million sales worldwide cannot be explained away by mere subtlety.

As a writing guide, her book describes how to create believable characters, compulsive plots and how to draw in readers through the power of the erotic, rather than the use of pornography. As she says at one point, the difference between erotica and porn is `good writing.' The `Phenomena' provides excerpts from Ms Thurlow's own work, as well of that of other writers, and lists of essential reading and erotic publishers seeking new material and voices. Whether a reader or a writer of the erotic, this is a valuable contribution to what is the fastest growing genre in literature today.
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Initial post: 22 Dec 2012 09:10:23 GMT
Mike Turner says:
Very insightful, it has certain persuaded me to acquire this book. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2012 18:41:11 GMT
Charlie West says:
Great review Iris
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