What the Feck?! (WTF?!)
Is a new feature here at The Book Nympho.
Every Monday we will post a book related topic
that had us thinking WTF?! while reading a book
or talking to others in the book community.
Your Erotic Zone
Do you have boundaries?by Jonetta
I don't know what I thought erotica was at the time but I didn't know the stories could be so compelling and interesting. Whatever stigma I may have attached to the genre at the time disappeared pretty quickly. That first book opened the door to an exploration that is still in progress.
I've been pretty comfortable with my selections, mostly ménage situations similar to the Colters (fascinated by the idea) or really steamy situations involving one heterosexual couple. I also figured out I don't have any boundaries in this area of erotica.
Then enter the era of Fifty Shades and BDSM, though most who are experienced with bondage, Dom/Sub sexuality consider this to be lite fare. It did, however, shine a spotlight on this type of eroticism and I discovered a boundary...BDSM lite was enough for me.
Late last year, I was asked to read and review the first book in a mystery/suspense series with a m/m romance front and center (Missing Daughter, Shattered Family by Liz Strange). It's not erotica but it introduced me to m/m romance and I discovered how much I loved this romance genre and especially the couple in this story. I'd thought that my love of the m/m romance in the BDB series was just specific to that storyline and those characters. Apparently not!
Authors like Liz Crowe (Honey Red) and Amelia Gormley (Impulse series) took me many steps forward with their fabulous m/m erotic romances. These women know how to write erotica. No one is more surprised than I am to learn that I love these stories (I'm a heterosexual woman) but I've discovered great romance isn't limited to like gender when the writers telling the story do it well. Apparently, I don't have any boundaries here and it's opened up a whole new legion of books and authors. The Book Nympho is breathing down my neck for me to read Cut and Run by Abigail Roux and Madelene Urban and it's already scheduled:)
So, while I've discovered some boundaries in erotica, I've also torn down much more and the field is pretty wide open. I'm sure there will be more discoveries both ways as I continue to explore this genre. What's exciting to me, however, is I've abandoned my old stereotypes about it and am open to reading more erotica when written by some pretty talented authors. I no longer have a "comfort" zone and that's pretty exciting.
- Do you have any boundaries when it comes to erotica/erotic romance?
- Were they created from reading experience or your belief that you might not find it interesting?
- What other experiences can you share?