Which Direction is the Genre Headed?
Both HM and I were thrilled with the response to the repetitiveness editorial, and we just wanted to thank you all again for the feedback. One unexpected “side-effect” to all the conversation was that some ancillary topics were broached in the ongoing discussion and we thought several were worth writing about. We’re going to hit the one that we thought was the most interesting and look at the others in the near future.
Before we begin, I want to make sure everybody understands what follows is NOT a judgment on anyone’s tastes or preferences in films. We have never done that here and never will. This is about trying figure out why a certain perception exists and if that perception is reality. Here we go.
I’ve seen several comments over the years from fans of R-rated and “adult” heroine films who seem to think the genre as a whole is going in a PG-13 direction, and I’ve always been a bit confused by those comments. This topic was touched upon again in the comments section of the repetitiveness editorial and it got me thinking. And the reason these particular comments have always stood out to me so glaringly is that I believe the exact opposite to be true. I think the genre has tilted heavily in favor of more adult-oriented films, and I think I can prove it with simple numbers.
The first thing I did was go back through the last few months and focused on the PG-13 producers that release regularly and looked at their output. You know the names, I don’t have to list them. Then I looked at the output of PG-13 producers who don’t really stick to any release schedule and you might hear from them once every month or two. Names like Ultraheroix, Cult Retro (I wish), Rye-UK, and HM. And the approximate number of monthly PG-13 releases I came to was right around 15. But for the sake of making my point let’s just say in a busy month the number is 30. Then let’s add in the PG-13 content drops from Sleeperkid who can easily release 20 films in a month and make our working number 50 PG-13 releases monthly. That number is ridiculously high and has no basis in reality, but let’s use it.
Now, let’s look at some adult producers. I’m writing the bulk of this on March 10th. And under the Clips4sale Superheroine category I count that 44 films have been released so far this month. That’s in ten days! There are probably a couple of those that are PG-13, but the vast majority are adult films.
In the month of February, Zen Pictures released one film. Their adult counterpart, Giga, released 25 films in that time. Looking at those numbers and taking into account that I haven’t even mentioned immensely talented and popular producers like Alex Bettinger or SHG-Media, I’d say we aren’t moving towards a genre dominated by adult content, I’d say were already there. Actually, we’ve been there for a long time, in my eyes. Also consider that formerly PG-13-only producers like TBFE and Logan are making highly thought of adult heroine films now.
One counter argument that I think can be made about the Clips4Sale releases is that although some of those films are listed under the superheroine category, not all of them are truly superheroine films. But I can also say that about Sleeperkid’s releases where only a couple may involve an actress dressed as a superheroine.
So, what am I missing? I’m not a deep-thinker. I think you all know that by now. In every editorial I’ve written, I’ve missed points that were brought up by our readers and producers. Things I absolutely should never have missed and I have no problem believing I’ve done the same here. I can only make a guess about why this perception exists. And the one thing I came up with is that it may seem that way because the adult producers who are considered the best of the best by fans don’t release all that often. Maybe one or two a month. Is it the limited output of the high-end producers that make some adult fans think there is some lack of or shunning of adult content?
Again, I want to be clear, I don’t see this as a negative. It’s just the way things are. I’ll admit, it’s not great for someone of my tastes, but as long as I have my NGC’s, KAK’s, Ryu-UK’s and HK’s, I’ll be just fine.
If this is indeed the case I don’t see the trend changing anytime soon. There’s a reason Giga is releasing 25 adult movies monthly for $50 or more and Zen is releasing one PG-13 film for $30. Giga is obviously where they’re making the most money.
So, as always, we put it to you. Which direction is the genre moving? Whatever you think, is it a good or bad thing? If you do see it moving in a PG-13 direction, what makes you feel that way? Readers. Producers. The forum is yours.
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