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A Reader’s Guide to Erotica: The History and What Novels We’re Loving Now

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Warning! The below content is not intended for anyone under 18! For years, erotica has been a dirty little secret; those books with lurid covers that people keep hidden deep in their closets where no unsuspecting houseguest can stumble upon them. But thanks to the rise of self-publishing, erotica has hit the mainstream, making it easier than ever for readers to get their hands on well-written, complex adult stories. In fact, BookTrib even has its own area dedicated to erotica authors, called After Dark. So, to shed a little more light on how the genre has grown and developed, here’s a complete user guide to the ins and outs of erotica: Overview: Erotica has been around for thousands of years,…

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The Original Fan Fiction Prequel Marks its 50th Anniversary

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It may not be entirely fair to refer to Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (WW Norton & Co.; reissuing January 25, 2016) as the first great work of fan fiction—it stands entirely on its own as a classic. But the “prequel” to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, which celebrated its 50th anniversary of publication this week, is the grandmamma of an entire genre that has spun some classic novels. In case you missed it in English class, Wide Sargasso Sea answers one of the biggest questions from the pages of Jane Eyre—who was the woman in the attic and what drove her mad? Author Rhys wasn’t satisfied with Bronte’s explanation that all Creole women are crazy and instead spent nearly…

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Even die-hard 50 Shades fans might not care about Grey

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Hey, you asked for it. Responding to the many fans who wanted to hear the 50 Shades of Grey story from Christian Grey’s perspective, author E L James has delivered the titillating goods. The new book, simply titled Grey, will indeed revolve around Christian’s view and unsurprisingly, it’s scheduled to arrive on June 18. Yes, fans will remember that June 18 is Christian’s birthday in 50 Shades. As James writes: “This book is dedicated to those readers who asked…and asked… and asked… and asked for this.”  James adds that “Christian is a complex character” and reminds everyone that when it comes to relationships, there are two sides to every story. Christian’s world is neat and disciplined but also devoid of any real feeling;…

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Emmy Award style straight out of literature

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The Emmys were Monday night, and sure, there were awards and stuff—but let’s talk about the most important part of the evening: the fashion. Because while some people may have watched the red carpet and seen long trains and artful draping, here at BookTrib all we could see was literature. From the sleek sequins of The Great Gatsby to the 60’s glamor of Valley of the Dolls, it seemed that Hollywood was taking its style cue from iconic novels. Not that we can blame them—books plus fabulous outfits equals a win-win as far as we’re concerned. Here are the best novel-inspired looks from Monday night’s red carpet: Debra Messing—Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West…

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