Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Reading All Over the Place

by Kristina Wright

Recently I posted a question on Facebook, asking writers if they read for pleasure in the genres they write. Twenty or so writers replied, pretty much equally split between those who read what they also write and those who stick to genres other than what they write. For the past couple of years, I have stayed mostly in the latter camp-- reading very little erotic and erotic romance for pleasure. 

I always advise new writers to read, read, read what it is they want to write. But after more than a decade of writing erotica and three and a half years of editing erotica anthologies, I've found I just can't read the genre for fun anymore. I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing-- I still read erotica for review and often find myself so captivated by the story that I forget it's actually work I'm doing. 

Currently, I'm reading Vina Jackson's Eighty Days Yellow for review. I have only just started it, but I'm intrigued by the musical backdrop and the hint of mystery surrounding the protagonist. While the cover says "If you like Fifty Shades of Grey..." I can't make that comparison, as I haven't read E.L. James's trilogy yet. Oh, but I will be. I've been asked to moderate a Fifty Shades of Grey book discussion at the public library in February. Let us pause for a moment and ponder the wonder of my public library (in southeast Virginia) holding a book discussion on Fifty Shades of Grey. As of today, they have yet to order a single one of my erotica anthologies. I'm not bitter--I'm very much looking forward to this discussion and discovering what it is about these books that has so captivated readers. I'm also curious to read the books for myself and form my own opinion. I'll keep you posted.

I have been reading a fair amount of YA (young adult) literature lately. I devoured the Hunger Games trilogy before the movie came out, then moved on to Veronica Roth's Divergent (and it's sequel, Insurgent) along with several other dystopian YA novels. Recently, I received a review copy of a fascinating book called Every Day by David Levithan. I didn't realize it was a YA title until I was close to finishing it-- I would recommend it to anyone, it's quite well-written. (And I'm hoping it has a sequel-- the ending left me with questions.)

It's the time of year when things go bump in the night, so I find myself wanting to read mysteries, I devoured all three of Gillan Flynn's books, reading her last one (Gone Girl) first. She is so, so good. I've also been rereading Edgar Allen Poe's poetry and short stories-- it's an October tradition for me. 

At the moment, I'm reading my own work-- editing a book that was a very long and complicated project for me. I'm not sure what I'm going to read next for pleasure. But I'm always looking for recommendations! 


  1. Hi Kristina!

    You work pretty hard in this genre, so its probably reasonable that you wouldn't be reading erotica if you didn;t have to. I don;t suppose race car drivers drive fast when they're not working. It kind of makes me wonder - what sort of love life do porn stars have when they're at home? "Not tonight, honey. My double penetration scene with Jeremy today took 15 takes . . . "



  2. Kristina - I'm glad you also enjoyed Gillian Flynn's work. Amazing, isn't she? After I read her next one, I also have Poe queued up. He's a long-time love of mine.

  3. Hi, Kristina,

    It's definitely difficult to read erotica and erotic romance these days without putting on my critic cap. I just started Portia da Costa's IN THE FLESH, though, which she kindly sent me as a present, and so far it's very good.

    Sometimes YA books appeal to me more than stuff for adults. Maybe that's due to my arrested development. I definitely want to read the Hunger Games, after seeing the movie. A while back I picked up a book called THE BOOK OF FELL at a library sale. I didn't know it was a YA title. It had more depth than many adult books I read.


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