Reviewed: 2010-12-31 - (Review Updated: 2011-02-24)
The thing about creating a particularly intriguing universe in the world of online erotica is that eventually there are others that are going to want to play in that playground. And that creates issues for all those involved, the creator, the new writer, even (or maybe especially) the readers. Will it have the same style, the same voice, as the original, or does that even matter? Will it be canon or fanfic?
Bluedragon has taken an interesting approach with "OSL: Felicia," a side story to the sweeping saga of Ben's coming of age in the "Ordinary Sex Life" series. He's accepted the offer of another writer, the anonymous "SR," to tell the tale of Felicia Clarkson's descent into debauchery, but has maintained editorial control and published it under his own nom de plume.
The result is something with which all OSL fans should be satisfied, a story that seems completely in place within the universe bluedragon created. It's not exactly bluedragon's voice, but its pretty close . . . and this is, after all, Felicia's first-person telling, not Ben's.
Felicia has grown as a character over the years, from a relatively two-dimensional femme fatale in "An Ordinary Teenage Sex Life," to a defeated and sexually dominated nemesis, and finally to a good friend of Ben, Adrienne and Dawn. Her penchant for submission was documented in those stories, and now becomes the central point of her personal descent, even as her modeling career is taking off.
SR's writing does credit to the series. She writes confidentially about the modeling world, both the politics and the on-shoot mechanics, which means she either has knowledge, did her homework, or is just good enough to make us think she has. The chapters are filled with intense sex scenes that stand up nicely to those in bluedragon's own work.
For the most part, her plotting is solid in this dark story, although most readers will find Felicia's reunion with an important figure from her past to be a bit out of left field. But this is fiction, after all.
Of particular interest is the picture that emerges of Adrienne Dennis, as she reaches the point of giving up college for a life in modeling. As always, she's sexually provocative, but she's also the friend upon whom Felicia can count in the pinch. And she makes some admissions in the late going that will intrigue OSL fans.
So, does Felicia sink beyond a point at which she can be redeemed? Will Ben be called upon to perform his "white knight" routine for his older friend, or are these events beyond his range? That would be telling, of course, but its fair enough to say that the story, while not completely open-ended, will likely continue in a future "Ordinary Sex Life" book.