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Leaving the Free Zone
Written by Paul   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 22:48
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Good Times
Written by Paul   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 21:49
One of the things I definitely wanted to show in this story was that Adalina was not just a hapless victim.  I mean, her plot arc is kind of rooted in hapless, but after she hits the initial snag that kind of twists her arm into whoring, I wanted it to be plain as day that she is having a great time, and in fact does not want to stop.  Even with Peleas right there (maybe especially with him there) even after her husband finds out, she's enjoying herself and she doesn't want to quit.  Sometimes in life we make decisions, and sometimes those are almost purely selfish decisions.  We may have ways to justify what we do, but really, we're doing it because we want to.
Pros (Tit) Tu Shun
Written by Paul   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 21:41
Now i am sure there are people out there who object to how we tend to depict whoring in our books.  Whores have played a significant part in several Adventurotica novels - Pride & Prostitutes, The Golden Mask, and now The Shadow Princess.  I'm sure whores will appear again and again, because I like whores, and I feel like they get a terrible treatment in fiction far too often.

The received wisdom is that depictions of prostitution must center on how awful it is.  You have to write about how the whores spend all day getting arrested and beaten up before they inevitably die of some awful disease, assuming they don't kill themselves.  The narratives must always emphasize how terrible depressed and degraded they must be, and how they must hate it, and they must eventually PAY for it, oh yes, there must be a PRICE paid for all this fornicating for money.

So I take a certain pleasure in just making whoring look like a lot of fun.  I'm sure it's not, but it is also not the relentless shit-fest it is often depicted as.  I've read a number of memoirs of madams and whores, and mostly it comes across as a business - as a job.  Sometimes people enjoy their work, and sometimes they just do it because they need the money.  I think it's a good thing to have stories that don't depict prostitution as a one-way ticket to misery.
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