Halfway Down a Drowning
15,923 erotic romance. Do the math. That’s 6074 more erotic romances than erotica. Which means that 6074 people got romance and only thought they were getting laid.
7316 gay entries (excuse the pun), but only 745 lesbian ones. Assuming there are about an equal number of gays as lesbians out there (I have no way of verifying that, and if my making this blanket statement offends you, then send me a message in a bottle, via the ocean), then that means that either most lesbians don’t like to read or else they’re having too much great sex to bother writing about it. I asked my wife if I could write about lesbians. She said, “In your dreams.” Now how is it she knows so much about my dreams?
From my friend Pete, a year after he married his boyfriend: “George, you know the difference between straight people and gay people? Straight people have great sex, then get married and stop having sex. Gay people have great sex, then get married and stop having sex.” That has nothing to do with this blog, I just thought I’d throw it out there.
The above figures are just some of the for-sales on just one website. (One that I rather like, incidentally.)
So what’s my point?
Theodore Sturgeon, one of the greatest short story writers ever to grace the pages of American magazines, was once asked why so much science fiction is crap. Without missing a beat he said, “Ninety percent of all fiction is crap.” I suspect that, given the Web, the number has gone up nine percentage points if not 9.9.
--- George Guthridge