by Cassandra R. Elias
Best-selling romance author, Jilly Cooper says sex is not as marketable a commodity in romance fiction as it once was. "The reason is very simple – women don’t want to have sex any more," she claims at the Cartier Queen’s Cup Final at Guards Polo Club.
"Doctors' waiting rooms are absolutely brimming these days with women suffering from low libidos. Ours is now a terribly under-sexed society. I have talked to a lot of young women about this and they just don’t seem to do it any more. Honestly. I suppose it's because we all have so many other demands on our time now," Cooper continued.
Cooper says part of the appeal of "Fifty Shades of Grey," and the "mommy porn" sensation, is the "zeitgeist" (spirit of the times) of it.
"Porn was terribly out of fashion before that book came out. While I have heard that it is quite poorly written, I am delighted that it's giving a new lease of life to the genre."
The fact that all three books in the "Fifty Shades" trilogy currently top the New York Times' bestseller list, could be part of a larger trend -- one that says more about the readership than the books themselves.
In May 2009, Harlequin Enterprises Ltd., a publisher that specializes in romantic fiction, reported a 32 percent growth in sales over the course of a year, and overall romance novel sales were up about 2.4 percent.
Those numbers have re-energized Ms. Cooper as well. She's now writing another romance fiction book that features highly sexed jockeys.
"I am really working hard to get more sex into it than usual. I’ve got jockeys jumping on top of jockeys and horses jumping on top of horses," states Cooper.
Do you think women don't want to have sex anymore? Have you read "Fifty Shades" series yet? Do you agree with Jilly Cooper? We want to know!