Top 5 Reasons Reading Erotica is Good for You–What 50 Shades of Grey Teaches Us

Have you heard about this book called Fifty Shades of Grey? I’m not surprised. It’s everywhere. I even saw it on the shelves at my local grocery story. Like it or not, Fifty Shades is in demand. I’ve read dozens of opinions on why and how it became so huge, but the one I believe is this: it’s something people want.

Why now? Erotica has been around forever. I started reading romance novels in junior high, and writing them a couple years ago. The first ones I read were mildly titillating, piquing my curiosity and arousing my desire for more details. The more descriptive sex scenes, the better. That’s the appeal for me.

Fifty Shades of Grey struck a nerve. It fulfilled a need, appealing to the natural human desire to explore the forbidden, and creating a hunger for more. The general public has finally figured out what I’ve known for a long time: reading erotica is good for you!

Here are my Top 5 reasons why:

5. Sex is good for you. That might seem obvious, but did you know a good sex life can boost your self-esteem? I wish I’d known that when I was younger. Sex burns calories too, and anything that gives me a workout without feeling like work is always a good thing.

4. Picking up a dirty book is a great way to unwind and switch from good mom mode to naughty wife mode. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a magic button (uh yeah, there’s that button, but it needs a little warming up first.) ;) My imagination is my most powerful sex organ and once I stimulate that, my body will follow. Trashy stories do it every time.

3. Reading erotica can teach you new tricks. Bored in bed? Looking for a new position or a new location? Erotic romance is better than an instruction manual. (And I know of at least one book that has pictures.)

2. Erotica allows you to explore forbidden fantasies without the risk. That’s a huge appeal for me. I was playing ‘what if’ with my favorite fantasy when I wrote Her Twisted Pleasures. All of the sexual satisfaction and none of the emotional danger. Hehehe

1. Erotica is sexually empowering. It’s not just mommy porn. Instead of waiting and hoping my husband understands what I want in bed, I go after it. Empowering readers—both women and men—has always been my primary purpose in writing erotic romance.

Whether or not the Fifty Shades books are well-written is irrelevant. Everybody wants some erotica, and Fifty Shades of Grey threw the bedroom door wide open. Come in and enjoy. ;)

Even Sith Lords want some

About Amelia James

Amelia James started reading steamy romance novels in junior high, but her mom took them away from her, so she started daydreaming instead. After she got married, she wrote some of her naughtier daydreams down and sent them to Playgirl magazine. Two of them got published. She kept daydreaming and writing stories until her dirty stories turned into trashy books. She lives in Colorado, but she’ll always be a loyal Wisconsin Cheesehead. When she’s not lusting after her next bad boy hero, she looks for inspiration in sci-fi and action movies, football players, bloodsucking lawyers, muscle cars, and kick-butt chicks.
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9 Responses to Top 5 Reasons Reading Erotica is Good for You–What 50 Shades of Grey Teaches Us

  1. *Takes good notes for her future hubby* Good points. :P

  2. Love this post and that pic is priceless! Great job. By the way, am reading Tell Me You Want Me, and let’s just say my new hubby is pleased with the response it evokes. ;)

  3. Casey Sheridan says:

    Great post!

  4. All sexy reasons. I don’t think there is any bad reason not to.

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