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Girlvert: A Porno Memoir Paperback – June 3, 2011
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"If Hemingway had been a porn star, this is how he would have written."
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"Oriana Small has pushed herself to the outermost extremes of what the body and mind are capable ofall before turning thirty years oldand now she's made it an authentic read for the rest of us to marvel at, elevating the depravity and denial inherent in the pornographic arts to a singular literary experience."
James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces
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However, you can get a good sense of the porn world culture from this book and a good idea of how the whole business works. Its best if you can experience this from her writing rather than personal experience. From her descriptions it sounds like this is a subculture where drugs are super pervasive, way beyond what I had guessed. It also sounds like the money is often heavily spent on partying and drugs. Its not a total surprise that this business attracts people who are toward the instant gratification end of the spectrum and don't exactly plan ahead. But you can see the extent of this from this memoir.
You can also see from what she says of her background how she might have gravitated to this kind of business as her mom was literally a junkie and her mom had several partners as well as affairs. So you can see that she was severely neglected as a child by a mom who had some pretty severe drug problems herself.
You can see that some of the companies that she was working for created more violent and abusive types of porn. It doesnt sound appealing, in fact alot of it sounds pretty gross. But you can see the pattern where the directors try to push the preformers towards ever more extreme acts, and the top end seem mostly outrageous to me.
Its a pretty frank memoir from the point of view of somebody in the more extreme parts of the business. You get a pretty good picture of what goes on and you learn about some of the practices that will blow your mind.
I was fortunate to get the book at her book signing party in LA. My only regret is that I was not able to stay long enough for her to sign my copy...it's a keeper.
However, as the book follows Small through the transformation from Oriana Small to porn star Ashley Blue, the reader is struck by both the brutal language and the brutal honesty. Small doesn't hold back when discussing her mistakes (drugs, yes, porn, no) and the feelings and needs that were created and satisfied along the way. Even with all the cruel language, the book is well written, moves well, and holds the reader's interest.
Despite some truly horrible situations, one stops short feeling sorry for Small, as her unbeatable attitude comes shining through. At the end of it, I was almost proud of her, and definitely happy for her. Not what I expected, but worth the effort.
Those interested in the sex industry will find this book interesting. Those who may want to keep their children OUT of the sex industry may also find it valuable.
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I found Oriana Small's account of her life in porn (as Ashley Blue) to be educational, brutally honest, eye-opening, frightening, depressing and, at times, quite disgusting. The storyline is a staple Hollywood tragedy: an emotionally immature young adult from a broken home tries to build a life in the big city, but succumbs to world of drugs, sex and bad relationships. Small, a woman with no apparent inhibitions openly divulges her life in pornography. It's not a happy story and it certainly isn't pretty, but it is revealing and more importantly, honest.
GIRLVERT is an accumulation of small chapters that each highlights pivotal/defining moments in Small's life as a porn actress. The clichéd "wanted to be a model, but ended up in porn" somewhat rings true as she and her boyfriend naively start with nude pictures and progress quickly to a more extreme type of pornography. The honesty of her writing is evident as much of what she describes doing (and what's being done to her) is pretty rough to read about. While she admits to be sexually adventurous (shoving her fist down her throat is a "normal" aspect of her personal sex life), throughout her book she details incidents that were certainly not enjoyable ... but the payday justified any misery she experienced. This behind-the-scenes view of hardcore porn really reveals the seedy nature of the business. Much of what she describes is simply filth ...Read more ›
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Oriana paints a sorid tale of porn and drugs. However, she has a matter of fact perception in her writing and isn't seeking anyone to throw her a pity party. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Emily
There is plenty here to break your heart.
The only thing I find disgusting is the men who think women being abused and degraded is entertainment.
This a raw, edgy memoir about a life in an industry that few of us ever truly understand. I love that she takes responsibility for her own actions while still describing the part... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Beth
She is a disgusting pig. I've always liked porn, but this book ruined it for me. Trying porn is one thing, continuing is another. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
An amazing look at the porn world of LA in the 70 and 80s. No shame. No shaming. Miss Small's writing is perfect. Reads like a novel. Read morePublished 6 months ago by LAX