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The Ultimate Guide to Adult Videos: How to Watch Adult Videos and Make Your Sex Life Sizzle Paperback – September 15, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press; First Edition edition (September 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573441724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573441728
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,433,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Violet Blue has done her usual outstanding job of collecting and disseminating information on nearly every facet of this complex subject. Worth reading, worth buying, worth keeping."

From the Publisher

The most complete adult video resource guide available… for women, men, couples—everyone!

Join the increasing number of women, men, and couples who enjoy adult videos. Whether you’re newly curious about the world of adult films or a seasoned porn enthusiast, reviewer and bestselling author Violet Blue tells you everything you need to know to spice up your sex life:

• Keys to finding porn that turns you on
• Helpful hints for first-time viewing
• How to introduce your partner to porn
• Answers to common concerns about content
• Sex games and positions
• How to find authentic sexual performances
• The scoop on today’s hottest female and male directors
• Tons of history, stories, and facts about the porn industry
• Tips on buying and renting videos and DVDs
• Complete, up-to-date resource guide

Plus over 300 detailed video reviews—including porn classics, cult favorites, feature films, and educational videos, as well as films showing all sex with no plot, S/M play, lesbian and gay action, amateurs, and much more.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Jenifer M on August 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
As someone who has been recommending intimate videos to my girlfriends for years, I was anxious to see what I might learn from Violet Blue's, `The Ultimate Guide to Adult Videos.' As it turns out - if you're an experienced porn watcher - not much! (More on why not later.) But if you're a newbie, this book actually has a lot to offer!

For those of you who might be hesitant to watch porn, this book offers many reassurances, such as - people who watch porn are NOT compulsive masturbators, or - porn watchers DO enjoy regular sex with their partners, and, most significantly - watching porn will NOT affect your ability to have a meaningful relationship but, in fact, it might do just the opposite! (Hear, hear!)

On the positive side, the book also provides many GOOD reasons for watching porn, such as - to satisfy one's curiosity (and to expand one's horizons), as education, as entertainment before (or during) sex, or quite simply - to get off! On this last point, Violet offers a lot of encouragement particularly to women - to allow themselves to masturbate while watching porn - which, for men, is only second nature (like breathing)! Lastly, for couples, this tome does review the sensitive issue of how to view porn with a partner - especially when one partner is reluctant. (Luckily, my husband has never had this problem!)

Violet also reassures us - that it's not always necessary to attempt (in one's own bed) everything we might see in porn - and that it's ok for certain types of action to remain in the realm of `fantasy.' In fact, one of porn's strongest roles - is to dimensionalize (add realism) to our sexual fantasies.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is the ultimate consumer guide to porn and it's perfect for women and couples. The female perspecitve is utmost here and it shows you how to steer clear of low quality and female degredation while still finding really hot porn. This is an encyclopedia of modern adult film and nothing has been left out. History, backstories, profiles on interesting people in the business, lots of women-made erotic films and even softcore and mainstream titles are covered here. Nice sections on finding and selecting porn to suit individual's tastes. This book is a welcome relief and is intelligent, funny and free of the usual judgement and stigma in other porn writing. Blue treates porn like an independent film genre, and it's about time.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "jmoo2" on September 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
I always thought I would watch adult movies if only there were any good ones! I was never very excited about adult movies but I am a fan of the author, and the video guide is not only her best book to date but made me want to go out and rent some of these movies. As a woman I am used to being insulted by adult movies, but the guide is written by an intelligent woman and she's pointed the way for me to find hot movies, and her recommendations have been right on the mark. She gives the reader a guide with which they can make informed decisions about what they do and do not want to watch. How refreshing.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 2003
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I had no idea the spectrum of videos available until I read this book. It's also the perfect book if you want to get a video to watch with your lover and tells you how to introduce the idea to them. Plus it tells you who the good filmmakers are. Comprehensive and highly recommended.
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More About the Author

Ms. Violet Blue is an investigative tech reporter at CNET, Zero Day, ZDNet, and CBS News, as well as an award-winning sex author and columnist, making her the foremost expert in the field of sex and technology. She has authored and edited several award winning, best selling books in eight translations. Ms. Blue is on Twitter @violetblue and her human sexuality blog is

Blue has reported on hacking, cyber crime and personal privacy violations in countries such as Malaysia, Germany, Russia, China, the Dominican Republic, the United States, and Serbia. Her work as a journalist has broken many large stories about hacking and cybercrime, affecting the largest online companies and millions of users. Blue is the journalist who broke the story when Anonymous hacked The U.S. Federal Reserve ("The Fed" Bank), the story in which social sharing app Snapchat was hacked and its user database maliciously exploited, and the story when Comcast was hacked and millions of user accounts were compromised. She is also responsible for breaking several critical stories in which Apple iMessage and Apple iCloud were exploited, and when hackers showed how to hack an Apple iPhone in 60 seconds.

Blue has appeared on CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is regularly interviewed, quoted, and featured in a variety of publications that include ABC News and the Wall Street Journal. She has been a sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.

She has been at the center of many Internet scandals, including Google's "nymwars" and Libya's web domain censorship and seizures--Forbes calls her "omnipresent on the web" and named her a Forbes Web Celeb. She has given keynote talks at such conferences as ETech, LeWeb, and the Forbes Brand Leadership Conference, she received a standing ovation at Seattle's Gnomedex, and has given two Tech Talks at Google. In 2012, Blue presented "Hackers and Harm Reduction" on the featured stage for CCC's 29c3 hacker conference in Hamburg.

The London Times named Violet Blue one of "40 bloggers who really count."

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