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Susie Bright

2001-05-17 00:05:41+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Just took a little time and finished Susie Bright's How To Read/Write A Dirty Story. I don't want to be nasty, but with the direction that the Best American Erotica[Wiki] series has taken and the self-indulgence of Full Exposure[Wiki], Susie has quickly catapulted herself from "I'll buy anything with her name on it" to "I'll wait for the reviews from people I trust." There are a few potentially interesting exercises, but for the most part this is yet another "how to write and get published" book, and the world does not[Wiki] need another one of those.

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:31:42+00 by: other_todd

I'm curious to know where you think the most recent BAE's have gone astray, Dan, and not because I'm preparing to disagree with you, but because I want to compare notes. (And I promise not to be thin-skinned just because I have a story in the most recent one.)

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:31:42+00 by: Dan Lyke

I don't think I can codify it too closely except that I've just found that the recent ones have migrated to bookshelves far from my bedroom. In BAE 2000 I found a couple that squicked me 'cause of their death themes, in BAE 2001 I found that character development just wasn't terribly strong.

(Even though we don't share that particular kink, I did like the twist in yours...)

I think part of it is something that Mary Anne Mohanraj said in her journal when she was talking about editing Aqua Erotica[Wiki], about trying to appeal to a mix of tastes. Perhaps the mix has grown to the point where from finding 2 or 3 in a compendium to finding one every other or so.

I'm kind of over the "mix of tastes", I'd rather editors pick a focus so I'd like more in a book.