August 18, 2013

Series Sunday: Death of the Erotic Trilogy

(All New Erotic Series #1-3)

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

My Series Sunday pick is not a particular book in a series, but instead a rant of an entire genre. Allow me to stand on top of my sequin soapbox and scream, "DEATH OF THE EROTIC TRILOGY!"

Seriously, I am so over it. This erotic trilogy phase has to end. First of all, Fifty Shades is not the first erotic BDSM trilogy. Yet soccer moms and such are praising it like it's the best thing since sliced bread with apple butter. Where have y'all been?! Smut series have been around. The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by Anne Rice under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure was published in 1983, 1984 and 1985. THIRTY years ago! And quite frankly, when Fifty Shades is compared to other less popular erotic series, it is underwhelming.

I don't fault E.L. James at all. She is an example of author success. She is a household name now. Kudos to her! But now authors are coming out of the woodwork with erotic trilogies throwing BDSM in the mix. Even the characters are the same: sexy, wealthy businessman with relationship issues pursues inexperienced, young girl who is often his subordinate. One or both characters have a troubled past that is not revealed until book three. Couple goes to therapy. Couple gets married and starts a family. Blah, blah, blah. Enough with the cookie cutter writing!

**Attention Authors**: I challenge you to break the mold. Write a romance series with different elements than the norm. Step outside of the erotic trilogy box. Give us more! Then contact me so I can read your story. But be warned—I am honest with my reviews. So please, put on your thinking cap and publish a page-turning trilogy that won't make me scream, "DEATH OF THE EROTIC TRILOGY!" Otherwise, not one more noun or verb from you.


1 comment:

  1. I just finished the cross books and am so angry that there is more! People need to focus on writing one good book instead of a trilogy!