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The Need for Controversial Erotica

Writing has always been a means of addressing the most sensitive of society’s controversies. The ability of authors to challenge their readers, to voice their personal experience, is an invaluable part of forwarding ideas. Publishing today is not ruled by the same restrictions it once was. Author’s can self promote, eBooks have become a stable product, and the consumption of material is now international. With the expansion of the eBook market, came the growing need for erotic stories. Now, publishing erotica became a good business decision, and companies could afford to narrow what they published. Authors seemed to respond to this growing need as well, writing all kinds of stories for the growing market.

With the growing market though, came a greater exploration of subject matter. While many publishers accepted erotica, they also shied away from taboo subjects. At times, censorship happens subtly, but in either case, the censorship still happens. When publishers decided not to touch the sensitive taboo material authors readily threw in their faces with eager enthusiasm, many authors walked away feeling confused and disheartened. Authors that had taken time to produce great stories, were suddenly left with nowhere to sell them. At times, these authors were well aware of the sensitivity involved, and wrote the story just for that reason. Whatever their reasons were though, publishing companies simply wouldn’t taboo eBooks.

Taboo subjects have always been in the backs of people’s minds. That’s what makes this intentional or unintentional censorship even worse. Many erotica writers have differing opinions when it comes to taboo subjects. The divide is apparent on any author forum, or even publishing website. How is it that an author can feel so strongly regarding a topic that they wish for censorship? These strong inner pulls of emotional reaction is exactly why there’s a need for taboo erotica. In fact, publishers that produce such controversial material find only an increase in their sales. So if the consumer wants taboo eBooks, authors want to write taboo stories, why is there then such a sensitivity?

The sensitivity to taboo material is simple, publishers fear that there will be serious business ramifications for publishing such material. That fact alone, should be more than enough reason to publish such material. The market for it is there, and no one argues that. Author’s are becoming increasingly aware of the growing market, but publishing companies just aren’t there. That’s what makes the need for taboo oriented publishers so great. Those publishers that do publish such material stand out, and grow quite a presence. Any time someone can break through a censorship barrier, society is made better for it. This is true with the sensitive topic of taboo erotica as well.

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3 thoughts on “The Need for Controversial Erotica

  1. I believe people should read and write what they want because chances are, there’s a market somewhere for it. Unless you’re a student, no one is going to force you to read anything.

    I recently released the first part of a trilogy of novellas where an 18 y/o girl has a sexual relationship with her former teacher. When I was looking for places to help promote it, I found a lot of erotica readers/reviewers wouldn’t consider it because of the character’s age.

    To me, it’s baffling because she’s the legal age of consent–but it’s still considered “taboo” because she’s “barely legal.” In my opinion–on the taboo scale–this hardly registers, but for a lot of potential readers, I’ve gone over the deep end.

    I’ve read a lot of erotic romance, and what use to be exciting to me is now tame (or even lame). Now I’m looking for edgier reads as well as trying to write it.

    Being controversial can be a good thing. It gets people talking, it makes things go viral. “There’s no such thing as bad press,” etc.

    1. Hello Jayne,

      Thank you for your comment. Censorship has entered the realm of politics over the last several years. Political forces, at the behest of conservative religious factions are now in influencing heavily what publishers are able to publish without risk of losing their credit card processing ability or having their bank accounts cancelled — with little hope of easily opening new bank accounts and no hope of re-establishing credit card processing. No processing = no income, a death blow to publishers. Maybe a blog article detailing the actual political mechanisms at play is a good idea,

      The problem with such an article is that many authors might not understand it, and fewer authors would believe it regardless of the degree of proof supplied. Most publishers therefore keep their mouths clamped shut.

      If you are still looking for a publisher to handle your Barely Legal content, or any other taboo or forbidden content that other publishers will not handle, I suggest you contact me at Lot’s Cave. Just send an email to me at admin in the lotscave domain by adding dotcom.

      Phaedrus T. Wolfe
      http://www.lotscave.com/ebooks/

      1. Hi Phaedrus – Oh, I believe what you say about credit card companies because I know a lot of indie publishers were getting miffed over it, but like you say–mouths stay shut and authors either don’t know, don’t understand, or just don’t care. And thanks for the invite to submit. I will definitely keep you in mind for the future. 🙂

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