Erotica Finds Home in Mainstream Publishing

Erotica Finds Home in Mainstream Publishing: “Erotica legitimizes the female sexual experience,” Engler says. “Women read these books and it makes them feel normal about their own fantasies.”

Much of the genre’s popularity is rooted in the fact that the books are often written by women with female heroes, therefore making it easy for women to relate to them.

Erotica has a long history, dating back to the Marquis to Sade and the 1954 book, “Story of O.” But despite its popularity, particularly among women, the genre has had a more underground following and has never really reached a mainstream audience.