I see an interesting link between Harlequin romance novels (target audience: heterosexual women) and mainstream pornography (target audience: heterosexual men). Both are generally accepted as entertainment; neither question status quo gender roles. Each have over saturated markets, so the recipe for success is not as simple as rubbing tried and true clichés together until they spark interest in the audience. Regardless of the quality of each product, there must be creative people with clear vision involved. In our suffering economy, each market continues to thrive because, in my opinion, people will spend money on fantasy, especially in the worst of times. There are many, many more similarities and differences but I'll leave that to the imagination. I have something in the works with these ideas that I'll show here eventually.
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