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Porn Lit: Why the S&M "50 Shades of Grey" Is Freaking Everyone Out

The erotic lit-sensation is nothing new, but a collection of classic archetypes about gender and sex.

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It's my hope and belief that a future big novel sensation will combine the badass feminist heroines of The Hunger Games and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with the sexy currents of Twilight and Fifty Shades. If both these elements can be bestsellers, their combination is inevitable. Shake, stir, and get a hit.

And if not, I can always go back and read Jane Eyre again. 


Sarah Seltzer is an associate editor at AlterNet and a freelance writer based in New York City. Her work has been published at the Nation, the Christian Science Monitor, Jezebel and the Washington Post. Follow her on Twitter at @fellowette and find her work at

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