Fiction, Reading more into it!
Fiction: Something feigned, invented, or imagined; a made-up story
With the definition of fiction above as a reference, I am confounded why people still argue that a story doesn't portray certain forms of actions in a realistic light. If a book is labeled as fiction, no matter what the content matter is, it should still be considered make believe. These remarks of not portraying a lifestyle correctly have come up several times in reviews I've read on books like Fifty Shades of Grey and even with my own book Undercover Submissive. I can't speak for E L James, but in my own defense I am writing a world of make believe.
To be perfectly honest, I would not want my readers to assume that anything that happens in my fiction books were real life scenarios. Please don't misunderstand, I am not picking on those reviewers or their opinions, it just brought to light a topic that I felt needed to be addressed. Anything that you read in a fiction book should be considered make believe, even if the subject matter is plausible. I would hope that any author who wanted their material to be viewed in an intentional, this is how it's done, real life manner, would pull their books out of the fiction categorization and put them into self-help or another format that states that's what they are to be used for.
When it comes to BDSM and the new mainstream media fascination, this needs to be expounded upon. Serious injury can occur to people who attempt to try some of the make believe fiction that they read assuming it's to be taken as fact. I would encourage anyone interested in learning more about this lifestyle to contact an organization like Janus or a local chapter in your state where education is available.
Please remember that fiction books are like movies and television shows, they are not meant to be taken seriously. Research, use common sense, and find people that you know and trust before EVER considering to attempt anything that you've read, or watched concerning the BDSM lifestyle. I cannot stress enough how important it is to educate yourself before playing in this realm.
Our motto here at Tears of Crimson is that everything you read coming form our library should be considered fantasy or fiction. We love to write books of dark seduction, but in no way, shape, or form do we intend to educate you about reality with our make believe world. Have questions about what we are all about here? Please feel free to ask, we don't bite, unless you ask nicely!