Amy Lane’s Johnnies

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I’m willing to bet that at one point or another all of us have enjoyed watching porn, I know I have. I’d also bet that most of us wondered about the models’ lives outside of porn. When you hear or read about their lives in the news, it’s often tragic in some way: drug abuse, poverty, suicide, and the list goes on. However, we often put that in the back of our minds as we look at the beautiful models having sex on camera. However, a recent series of books has made me think about the porn industry a little more critically. That series is Amy Lane’s Johnnies series: Chase in Shadow, Dex in Blue, and Ethan in Gold.

Lane did a great deal of research for these books, which are about the models in a fictional gay adult video company called Johnnies. While the opening premise sounds incredibly hot and the sex scenes really are scorching hot, Amy Lane doesn’t disappoint with her moniker “Angst and Pain, Amy Lane.” However, the books weave together a wonderful story of the men who make up Johnnies, and the trials and tribulations they go through. Each has secrets to hide, and each needs Johnnies for various reasons. These were the fictional parts of her writing though she based each character on actual porn models. I always wondered how Lane wrote such erotic, and accurate, sexual encounters between two gay men, when she in fact is a happily married heterosexual woman.

First of all, Lane mainly based Johnoes on Corbin Fisher, which quite honestly has some of the most beautiful men in amateur gay porn. Her research also sounds a lot more fun than when I do research in a dusty library or archives (though I get a special joy out of doing that as well). And while Lane contacted Corbin Fisher with questions, they were never answered. So she watched lots of gay porn, but she did found herself not watching the the gay porn videos in the same way most of us would. Usually, we watch porn for one reason, but in this case, Lane spent many hours watching porn with other straight women, talking about what was real and what was directed. The “real” they were looking for wasn’t actual romantic feeling– it was more like working relationship feeling. Lane studied the sex scenes looking for eye contact, kissing, considerate touches, etc. all to understand the relationship between the models, not just to watch the fantasy they portrayed on the screen. Lane told me that researching the Johnnies books made her look at the nature of touch, pleasure, comfort, and love.

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L to R: Connor/Chase, Dru/Dex, Aiden/Ethan, Travis/Tommy, Cain/Kane, Trey/Scott

In the books, Lane loosely based the characters (mostly appearance) of the Johnnies models on Corbin Fisher models. Chase is based on Connor, Dex on Dru, Ethan on Aiden. Those are the main one, but of course, there are many other models mentioned, such as Tommy who was based on Travis, Scott on Trey, and Kane on Cain. Those are the ones I have confirmed with Lane on who she based the characters on. I enjoy being able to put a face (and in this case a body as well) with the characters. Usually when I read a book, I picture the characters in my own head, but knowing in this case who they were based on made it all the more interesting. I want to add a side note here and say that I always pictured CF’s Dawson as Digger the older model who has been in many scenes over the years and is always affable and a steady model for the studio sticking around much longer than most models do. Of course there is the young (18 year old) new and very well-endowed new model Bobby who a friend of mine suggested might be CF’s Chandler, but I never have been able to figure out a corresponding model for.

When I finished these three books, I loved them, but I won’t deny that all three books are difficult books in the beginning. I don’t want to give anything away, but be warned. However, and you must keep this in mind, the books are worth getting past the difficult reading at the beginning. And when I say difficulty reading at the beginning, I’m not talking about difficult as in Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men when page after page is about a car driving down a road. I mean difficult as in the subject matter. The first part of these books are a shock to your system, and whereas they are difficult subjects, you must read on so that you get the immense joy of reading an Amy Lane masterpiece.

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Of the characters, I really loved Dex and Ethan the most. Dex is so together but with something to hide. I honestly, just want to give Ethan a hug, which I’ve got a feeling he’d like. Chase is the most flawed of the characters, but even with all his problems, you can’t help but feel for the guy and wish him the best. Dex though is the man that you want as a friend. He may not be perfect, but he will always be there for you. And when it comes to Ethan, well all I can say is that with all the Ethans I have known, they are sweet, lovable, intelligent, and you just want to wrap them in your arms and tell them that you’ll do anything to make their world a better place.

I adore Amy Lane’s books and I just want to thank her for the hours of enjoyment that her books have provided for me. Of course there are always a few tears involved, but it’s one of the things that makes her books great. It’s the full range of human emotions that she bring alive from the pages of her books. Thank you Amy Lane for the enjoyment you bring to so many and for touching our hearts.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

9 responses to “Amy Lane’s Johnnies

  • Nikki (@NikkiReader)

    Oh I love this series! I had no idea who inspired the characters, so I love seeing the pics. I’m hoping there will be more books after John’s.

  • jacki214

    I’m a Lane fan, too. Thanks so much for sharing all this background. ~♡~

    • closetprofessor

      You’re welcome. Amy was kind enough to answer some of my questions. She’s a very nice woman and loves her fans.

      • jacki214

        I don’t know her at all, but feel fortunate she shared a knitting pattern with me. I asked about the hat-scarf she knitted for Mary Calmes. It’s amazing what a prolific and talented knitter she is.

      • closetprofessor

        I’m currently finishing the Granby Knitting series. It makes me want to learn to knit.

      • jacki214

        I wish we lived near! I’d be happy to teach you. I’ve had a knitting group at the library for probably 12 years. Many yarn shops offer free instruction and knitting guilds are great resources. There are also many great tutorials online, though in-person instruction is probably easier. I linked two videos. (I broke the links with spaces, so they’ll come through.)

        About men knitting:
        https://www.youtube .com/watch?v=5fFdxkF9lAY

        A guy (fun and funny) who teaches crochet:
        http://thecrochetcrowd .com/mikey/

        And there is a great book on the history of knitting, though it is out of print, but could be available to borrow: The History of Hand Knitting by Richard Rutt ISBN-13: 978-0934026352

        You really should give it a try! …and then blog your experiences.

      • closetprofessor

        I will do that. My grandmother tried to teach me to crochet when I was younger, but I never could do much more than crochet a chain. I’m definitely going to give it a try.

      • jacki214

        My mom tried to teach me several times and it seemed tedious and confusing, but when the time was right, it clicked and I was obsessed for a few years. 🙂 So, don’t give up if it doesn’t click right away.

      • closetprofessor

        Thanks for the advice. Summer is generally the only time I have for crafts, so learning may have to wait until then, but I will give it a try.

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