sex'n'shopping novel

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A kind of popular romance marketed to women, flourishing as a distinctive commercial genre in the 1980s. Its characteristic features include shamelessly explicit descriptions of expensive clothes, jewellery, cars, perfumes, and other accessories of the very rich, naming actual brands; a few graphic accounts of sexual encounters are usually thrown in, providing a flimsy excuse for the more delirious excitements of the shopping and dressing‐up scenes. The founding work of this tradition was Judith Krantz's Scruples (1978), which inspired numerous imitations. The term originally used by book‐trade insiders for such fiction was Shopping and Fucking, sometimes discreetly abbreviated to S&F.

Subjects: Literature.

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