For someone who doesn’t think sex belongs on the page, Andrew O’Hagan has certainly read a lot of it. Of course, you can imagine, I disagree with him. Sex, like all other facets of life, does belong on the page. But like all other facets of life, it deserves to be well-written. Although he is probably a little to embarrassed to admit it, I think he does too. Because he manages to point out exactly what is so stinkingly wrong about Fifty Shades of Grey (and the fifty-thousand copycat e-books that a raft of publishers who’ve obviously lost any vestige of literary aspiration have lately published).
They [readers] are buying the books because the books invite them to be submissive too, not to punishment, but to a 1980s-style dominance of money and power and products. (The word ‘ﬂog’ has more than one meaning.
The review in in the LRB which requires a subscription, but you can listen to the podcast here. Anyone serious about writing good erotic fiction should read it and take it to heart.