How to Make Love Like a Porn Star How to Make Love Like a Porn Star by Jenna Jameson (with Neil Strauss)
Publisher: HarperEntertainment
Year: 2004
Pages: 592

When I heard that a porn star wrote a book, my first though was “Whatever.” Pam Anderson writes books, too, and I wouldn’t read them with somebody else’s eyeballs. But, strangely enough, I began to hear that this book was actually very interesting, and written well enough (it was a collaboration with Neil Strauss). So, my curiosity piqued, I rented it, and sure enough, the librarian (a seemingly normal 20-something[?] female) told me that she had read it and really enjoyed it. She didn’t look like a porn star, so I took it as relatively unbiased recommendation.

Parts of Jenna Jameson’s autobiography are very hard to read: for as much time as she spends talking about power dynamics, her life story is a testament to the mismanagement of power and control: a less-than-exemplary home life, followed by a tattoo-artist boyfriend, a rape, stripping, magazine shoots, and finally porn. Include recurring drug problems (first meth, then alcohol and Vicodin), sessions of power madness, and all the tales of woe that accompany trying to date as a porn star.

In short, perhaps you could have seen this whole book coming. As a success story (Jenna is now “happily married,” rich and famous, and owns her own production company), it’s depressing, considering all the stupid mistakes she made. It’s undoubtedly a prurient tome, though it falls pretty short of erotica. Not that it doesn’t try: the publishers went overboard by including photos of Jenna every other page it seemed, some involving more clothing than others. My personal feeling was that if I had wanted to see seminude photos of Jenna Jameson, I’d goddamn Google it, not get her book.

But I don’t want to turn this into a discussion of the social dynamics of porn, because that’s a whole other post or series of posts. For all its predictability, How to Make Love Like a Porn Star was a good book, at least in the sense that it was interesting. Even at 592 pages, it goes by quick (I finished it in a day), but don’t expect to garner a newfound respect for porn stars or anything. For me, it was just a reminder of every lurid Luke Ford piece ever written.

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3 Comments to “How to Make Love Like a Porn Star”

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