'Fifty Shades of Gray' is Mommy Porn?

Mar 15, 2012

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Fan fiction is “a thriving genre online in which fans write variations of their favorite books and characters.” Enthusiasts write stories to parody or add more depth to their favorite novels. A writer in London wrote a story, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” based on the first book in the Twilight series. It has sold 250,000 copies and has recently been made available for purchase on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

Who cares about fan fiction? Some are calling this new book mommy porn because it is an erotic novel.

This issue has resulted from the Twilight book series. Some women use the romance story found in it to further their obsession with the “perfect” man. Some even go so far as to develop sexual fantasies about the leading male character.

This new book is proof that romance novels can lead to erotic novels which can lead to a pornography addiction. Recently we reviewed the story of a female recovered addict in a blog. Her road to porn addiction began with romantic novels that didn't satisfy her.

To be clear, women who read romance novels will not necessarily read erotic literature and may not necessarily turn to hard-core pornography. However, erotic novels have been the gateway to sexual addiction for some women.

What's most alarming about "Fifty Shades of Gray" is that the author has a large fan-base, thanks in part to the overwhelming popularity of Twilight. Perhaps those not fully satisfied with the events in Twilight will turn to this book for its familiarity and sexual themes. Edward and Bella, now renamed Christian and Anastasia, embark on sexual exploration some fans were craving.

Many do not consider erotic novels to be pornography, but the mere definition of porn clearly states that it is.

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