Portrayals of prostitution in books and movies?
January 17, 2013 2:24 PM Subscribe
Looking for fictional characters that are engaged in mid-level prostitution
...with an emphasis on "mid-level".
On the low-end side: Fired from her retail job, Terry (in Donald Goines' "Dopefiend") becomes a street walker to support her heroin habit. Or club kids slide into prostitution in "Christiane F" with tragic results. Or a cowboy's dreams of being a NYC gigolo fall apart in "Midnight Cowboy".
On the "high-end" side: Isabelle Huppert's character in "Special Treatment" is an under-the-radar fetish courtesan who buys artwork and collectibles with her earnings before lapsing into ennui. Perhaps "Belle du Jour" goes here, too?
So to be clear, I am looking for books or movies that portray a fictional prostitute who is somewhere between the extremes -- not living in complete desperation but also not supplementing their extensive art collection or doing it only for curiosity.
Any suggestions? Thank you!