Or is there something seriously wrong with me?
Fun, short, simple, kinky, spicy, sizzling sex stories are fabulous. I love them. I write them. They’re commonly available—nothing wrong with them at all.
However, I’m not always in the mood for fun, short, simple—you get the point. Sometimes I crave the more complex characters (the more flawed the merrier) with thick plots that transcend sexuality. Deep thinking, insightful, daring – with a side order of sex.
So where are these deep, complex stories that I and so many others actually crave? I’m always on the hunt for these hidden gems, but, they are very hard to come across. They’re rare like Sapphires, it seems. Needless to say, when it comes to novellas and novels, these are the stories I intend to write.
In an effort to seek out and discover these pieces I’ve started a list titled “Intellectual Erotica” at Goodreads. It’s populated with a fairly puny number of stories at the moment but I intend for it to grow to a rather sizable lot.
So . . . where are these stories?
Well I’m sure they’re out there waiting to be discovered. Here I am, forever searching like Livingston in the Jungle.
Erotica, per my self-applied definition, is a story in which a character’s sexual journey is either the main focus, or it governs the main plot, even if that main plot is non-erotica in nature. This, to me, extends beyond the limits of the Erotica Genre – and into other genres as well.
In my view, erotica is not JUST meant to entice. Though if it does that’s certainly a benefit. To me, it’s also meant to explore the full extent of human sexuality. Humans are sexual beings and try as we might, we cannot sever one part from the other and expect to see the whole picture.
Therefor, my list will ultimately contain books outside of erotica.
If you have one in mind then feel free to comment to this blog post or bring it up through Goodreads. If you don’t have any in mind, feel free to visit the above link to the list, log in, and vote for your favorite.
Books on the list at present: Transcendence by Shay Savage, Lolita by Nabokov, For the Love of Stones by Tobias Hill, A Woman Alone at Night by Tamara Berger, After Hours Cara McKinna, Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by E L James.