Welcome to our new feature where we talk about random things we’ve seen around the blogosphere. It could be an interesting article, a book trailer, maybe a fun piece of news we feel you should know about, and maybe even a stylish pair of shoes or handbag we’ve seen (if Laura has her way!). Basically it’s a bit of a mashup! Enjoy….
Anne Rice Speaks About Women & Erotica
I admit defeat, Fifty Shades is sneaking its way into Monday Mashup again! But this time via Anne Rice. Rice is just about to re-release an erotic novel she previously published under the pseudonym of A.N. Roquelaure. THE CLAIMING OF SLEEPING BEAUTY which is a spicy retelling of yes you guessed it, the fairytale classic SLEEPING BEAUTY. At the same time Rice speaks up about a woman’s right to read and enjoy erotic fiction. I have spoken in a previous Monday Mashup about my dislike of the title of ‘Mummy Porn’ for Fifty Shades, as I find it slightly unsavory and demeaning. And Rice touches on this, commenting on the fact that there is a disparity between what it is acceptable for men and women to read.
Rice pointed out that men have always enjoyed all kinds of pornography, and asked: “How can it be wrong for women to have the same right? We’re sexual beings! And fantasy is where we can do the things we can’t do in ordinary life.”
[...] “years ago because I could not find an authentic erotica in bookstores”, [...] people have come “out of the closet” as enjoyers of erotica.
I think to a certain extent Rice is right we may be starting to see a revolution as erotica and romance becomes more mainstream, and hopefully this means that the media will give these popular genres more credence. I may have to pick up Rice’s book, although I guess I really must read INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE first!! What about you fancy giving it a whirl or maybe picked it up already?
Source: Guardian Books
Jesse Pettersen Signs A New Book Deal
Great news for fans of Jesse Peterson, the author has signed a new book deal with Pocket Star. The author had sadly dropped by Orbit, so we were super excited to see she got a new deal here at BCC. Carolyn has reviewed several books from Living With The Dead series and thoroughly enjoyed them. CLUB MONSTROSITY the first book in her new series, about not zombies, but monsters will be available in spring 2013. Congratulations Jesse, we can’t wait!
Source: Jesse Peterson’s Blog
Tweet Your Way Into A Book?
Comedian Miranda Hart is working on a new book with Hodder and Stoughton called IS IT JUST ME and she is asking twitter followers to contribute. All you need to do is tweet your must embarrassing stories to @NoItsUsToo or use the hashtag #isitjustme and the top stories will be included in an ebook. Dare you? I think I might be too chicken! I could use the one with where I thought my friend was selling her *ahem* urine for money (don’t ask!), or perhaps when they had to close the whole ring road for me in town, hmm or maybe not! And yes these are true stories…
Source: The Bookseller
This is one for our very own Zombie Queen Carolyn. Artist Rob Sacchetto has a super cool website where you can send in a picture of yourself and he zombifies you! They are wicked gory and fun. Zombies fans simply must check out the site. I think us BCC reviewers should get it done for Halloween ;-D
Source: Zombie Portraits