Jilly Cooper delighted Fifty Shades has revived erotic fiction in our under-sexed society where women are suffering from low libidos
19:38 GMT, 25 June 2012
Britain's huge appetite for erotic fiction was proved last week when Fifty Shades of Grey became the UK's fastest selling paperback of all time.
Sales of the book, the first in a trilogy, have overtaken the Harry Potter books and the Da Vinci Code, to the delight of not only author E L James, but established romance writer Jilly Cooper.
Cooper was once known as 'queen of the bonkbuster' but she feared erotic fiction had become a dying art because 'women don’t want to have sex any more' as they are 'suffering from low libidos'.
'Under-sexed society': Jilly Cooper said she thinks women have lost interest in sex because they never have time for it
'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,' she said in today's Telegraph.
The newspaper reported that she praised Fifty Shades, which has been dubbed 'mummy porn', for reviving interest in erotic fiction.
She said: '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.'
Bestsellers: E L James' Fifty Shades trilogy has overtaken sales of Harry Potter and the Da Vinci Code in the UK
Cooper, whose own racy bestsellers include Riders and The Man Who Made Husband Jealous, said she now intends to put more sex scenes in her forthcoming novels.
Fifty Shades writer James, whose real name is Erika Mitchell has said she thinks her books are successful because they offer women a 'holiday from their husbands'.
E-sales of the book took off originally and experts believed this was because readers preferred the discretion of buying and reading erotic fiction without anyone else knowing.
But sales of the Fifty Shades paperbacks, and the word of mouth that's helped promote it, show that women are no longer embarrassed to admit – or be seen reading – erotic novels.