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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594740402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594740404
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.6 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

More loving than smutty, this riff on the glory of dirty movies has more double entendres than an X-rated film, but charms with its sincerity. Firsttime author Grahame-Smith first gives a chronology of the porn industry, mentioning nude photography of the early 1900s before going into the Hays Code film regulations of 1930, and then into porn's heyday in the 1970s. Once the history lesson is complete, the author veers into extensive lists of his favorite "classic" films, which he categorizes as featuring actors and actresses without tattoos, but with plenty of body hair. He rhapsodizes about the luscious quality of porn stars from the Debbie Does Dallas era, but gives the current crop of vixens their due, especially those clever enough to parlay their profession into mini-empires of sex toys and Web sites. Also covered in this compact but edifying volume are common terms, fetish videos, international porn and even an ode to the old, smut-drenched Times Square. Lively and entertaining, with a sprinkling of raunchy photos, Grahame-Smith's valentine to his favorite art form is a must for any bookshelf that also holds Flesh Gordon and Lust of the Mohicans. (Jan.)
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About the Author

Seth Grahame-Smith still can’t believe somebody paid him to watch pornos for an entire year. He lives in Los Angeles with his incredibly tolerant wife, Erin, and their incredibly oblivious dog, Logan. This is his first book.

More About the Author

Seth Grahame-Smith is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," and "Unholy Night." In addition to adapting the screenplay for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," Seth also wrote Tim Burton's film "Dark Shadows." He lives in Los Angeles.

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It's nice to know what those old divas are doing now!
sinpassed
The Big Book of Porn lives up to its subtitle--it is a penetrating look at the world of dirty movies.
Jessica Lux
It's bright, well written, interesting, not offensive, educational, and overall just plain fun.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Lux on August 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Big Book of Porn lives up to its subtitle--it is a penetrating look at the world of dirty movies. It is a glossy, high-quality paperback with screenshots, actor portraits, vintage advertising posters, and glittery sidebars. Publisher Quirk Books has been known to release some wacky joke books in the past, but this thorough examination of a hobby with more viewers than sporting events (yes, it's true) is well worth the $20 cover price and a place on your history/anthropology bookshelf.

The book opens with a timeline of the invention of still and motion pictures, the ratings administered by the MPAA, the history of obscenity rulings by the Supreme Court, and the evolution of the stag film, peep show, dirty movie theater, and home video. The author is thorough in his examination of history, from the printing press to dime store novels to VHS to the Internet and on to...virtual reality? Grahams-Smith alleges that all the high-falutin' academic research in virtual reality is founded in a desire to invent the Holy Grail of porn. He decries our prudishness about "wardrobe malfunctions" and celebrates the mainstream influence of Madonna, men's magazine Maxim, and the rise of S&M-inspired fashion.

For anyone looking to advance their porn education, the author has a list of 20 all-time classics (Taboo, The Opening of Misty Beethoven, Insatiable, Alice in Wonderland, and more). The list explores the cultural and cinematic significance of each entry. Other lists include five modern classics and the two weirdest classics of all time (my lips are sealed, so pick up the book to find out the titles). The top list of leading ladies is impenetrable (who can argue with Annette Haven at #1?). Sidebars explore the magic formula for determining your porn name, the classic crossover actors, the international perspective, 20 sacred porn movie rules, and who's who in upcoming stars. Includes a glossary.
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48 of 64 people found the following review helpful By K. Chesley on February 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
There she was, sitting just beyond the creamer

counter at Starbucks and she was reading the exact same page!?!

It was kismet. We clicked immediately.

I'm a porn history buff, but I had never known

some of these amazing facts and true stories!

Natalie loves the pictures and the do-it-yourself section.

The book is written with a great deal of humor, having

some fun with what is - too often - a very drab topic.

Great interviews, brilliant insights by the author,

and excellent descriptions consistantly make this

book an everyday read for this critic.

One word of advice though:

DO NOT BORROW THIS BOOK FROM A FRIEND.

Go out there and buy your own! It's a better idea!

Oh...and by "clicked"? I meant had sex with each other.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By HalloweenAddict on April 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
Remember when you used to ride the bus to school and there was that one tough kid who sat in the back seat who was wise beyond his years?

He was the go-to guy when you wanted to know about where to buy fireworks, what beer tasted like, and most importantly: what does "S-E-X" mean? You could ask him anything, and though he may chide you a bit, you'll get your answers.

Author Seth Grahame-Smith is THAT guy.

The Big Book of Porn has the answers to all those questions you were too lazy to search the internet to find, and too embarassed to ask your friends at the poker game. With a sharp and humorous slant to his writing, Grahame-Smith plows through the decades to make the Big Book of Porn an overview that's not only informative, but laugh out loud funny.

The Big Book of Porn isn't the end-all, be-all for the history of porn, but if you want a crash course in what was, is, and will be, it's a must-read primer. Before you know it, you'll be the tough kid everyone is coming to for answers.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert Brown on January 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a great book written in a humorous and witty style. It will entertain you as well as educate you. It reveals a lot of real names of porn actors and actresses. Also, it is packed, and I mean packed with pictures. This book is a page turner, and hard (no pun intended) to put down. I would highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dover24 on January 24, 2011
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This is a great book, and is full of bright, colorful pictures and witty comments. I bought it for my friend somewhat out of a joke, but I enjoy it just as much as he does. Full of information and it's very tastefully done.
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By konacoffee on February 4, 2011
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OK, first off, I am not into "porn" at all. I have seen a few films in my youth and found them stupid. I have seen occassional magazines. I currently own a few art books of nude men photographed in beautiful ways, many are not even totally nude. However, I saw this book on Amazon and it looked interesting to someone who knows nothing about porno movies. I have to say I enjoyed this book! It discusses the author's fave/best porn movies, a few of the weirdest, he talks porn stars, and about the history of adult films, a part I especially liked. He writes about different genres, what porn is typically like in other countries (you won't believe what the clean Germans are into), and terms maybe familiar to most but totally unfamiliar to me! There is no real nudity here, but it is full of color pages. It is also written in a very funny way. If you want right-out full on nude spreads they aren't here. I'd recommend it for the curious, like me, and for people more into porn flicks. You'll probably learn at least a little and laugh at the same time. Remember, no hard cord photos but lots of humor!
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