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F*cking Outside the Lines: Erotic Romance’s Squicks and Surprises

15 Feb
You going to say no to a title like that? Click and try it.

You going to say no to a title like that? Click and try it.

By Alexa Day

I told someone not long ago that I was willing to read anything, as long as it was well written. It didn’t take long for me to realize that wasn’t altogether true. It turns out that I do have hard limits. Hang ups. Turn-offs. Squicks. I just don’t push those particular boundaries very often, and it turns out that having an untested boundary is much like not having a boundary at all.

Take dino porn. We have discussed dino porn before. You can look for it on Amazon if you want, but be warned that Amazon will then believe that you are interested in it and suggest future purchases accordingly. Dino porn, like Bigfoot porn, is one of those things that lies outside my boundaries. No matter how well dino porn is written, I’m probably not going to read it. I get that at its best, it’s supposed to be kind of an ironic, almost snarky take on the world of erotica and erotic romance. I understand that it’s pushing the envelope. It’s possible that I’m taking the whole thing too seriously. It just seems to me that it’s sex with the non-sentient species, and I don’t get the appeal of it. It’s certainly working for someone out there, but I’m okay leaving it alone.

I have the same trouble with the innocent heroine. I don’t want to put her in the same boat as dino porn, but I’m at my happiest when everyone in the story knows exactly what they’re getting into. I find that the line between innocent and dim gets blurry fast. And I’ll admit to harboring a little resentment toward our innocent friend. I’m put off by the idea that she basically stumbles into bliss without the experience gathered through trial and error and years of romantic mistakes. No matter how well written the innocent heroine is — and some great authors have worked with her — I will still want to shake her long before we’re finished.

Then we have a growing population of stories based on fetishized body functions. Lactation rises immediately to mind. I don’t have a problem with the many wondrous things the female body is designed to do. I really don’t. I just don’t find any of them arousing enough to support erotica.

But there’s pleasure to be found in reading out of bounds.

Try this one for free, if you dare.

Try this one for free, if you dare.

I have read some “zombierotica”: Undone by the Undead by Isabelle Drake and Hung Like a Dead Man by Sherri L. King. That, I enjoyed. At first blush, it would seem that zombierotica would violate my non-sentient species rule, right? But these zombies aren’t like the walkers from The Walking Dead, the infected from 28 Days Later, or the hordes from Night of the Living Dead, all of whom would trigger my aversion to non-sentient species and bodily functions. Drake and King are really writing about undead characters. Definitely not alive, at least in the traditional sense. But definitely sentient, and capable of communicating their desires to less undead partners. In short, zombies are the new vampires.

And on top of all that, it’s well written. I don’t mind breaking down barriers for that.

It’s not easy for erotic romance fans to admit hard limits; the genre itself is built on a measure of free thinking and open-mindedness. I think erotic romance writers in particular suppress the urge to recoil from the kinks that make them cross their legs.

But I know I’m not the only one with squicks. Fess up in the comments, if you dare.

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Tapped Out

19 May

by Kiersten Hallie Krum

I am tapped out this week. Between busy day job shenanigans during the week and BFD—Big Family Drama—on the weekend, I’ve been basically sitting in a chair all Sunday in a stupor, moving only to refill my glass and re-position the cats.

There are a lot of people in Romancelandia tapped out tonight thanks to the RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans that ran all last week. Despite my best (or perhaps worst considering the host city) intentions, I was unable to attend and instead took solace from my tapped out week in the fantastic tips and treats filtering out from the convention on The Twitter. Also, I now have extreme NOLA envy beyond description. Truly, there is no better social media venue than Twitter for getting the sense of an industry event if not actually attending it. I highly recommend a perusal of the #RT14 hashtag to get a taste of all the buzz, much of which was about erotic romance, interracial couples and diversity in romance and especially in the covers , romantic suspense, and new adult romantic fiction. I nearly wore out my favorite button…

Reading the tweets and quotes and summaries from the convention brought home how broad an umbrella erotic romance extends over a bevy of varying sub genres like the deeply developed dystopian world of Kit Rocha’s Beyond series on one end and the disturbing trend of Dino Porn at the other. As a sidebar, Kit Rocha’s alter egos were giving out O’KANE FOR LIFE flasks at RT this week. I may have offered nefarious services if someone would grab one for me. Jury’s still out.

And finally, because when I’m tapped out, I troll for videos of mellifluous actors reading sensual poetry, a little taste of Tom Hiddleston reading E. E. Cummings’ “May I Feel Said He.” to start your week off right.

 

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Christmas Cheer From Lady Smut

25 Dec

Sensual pose of an attractive coupleBy Elizabeth Shore

Hey, all ye yuletide revelers. Has the eggnog got you bloated? Are you dying to stick a sock in your blabbermouth Uncle Joe? Do you have visions of mall madness dancing in your head as you battle crowds to return that ill-fitting sweater you pretended to love? Don’t despair, Lady Smut’s got your back. Sit back, relax, and browse through some of our titillating posts over the past year to get your engine revved. Those crowds better watch out after you’re done reading. ;-)

Merry Christmas from Lady Smut!

While some folks are dreaming of sugarplums, I want to know where I can find hot Asian men.

The new year is upon us. Start it with sparkle . . . all the way down to your crotch!

Meanwhile, Liz Everly asks, “Why don’t you just shut up and f**k me?

Our own Madeline Iva’s feeling a little gay for sexy British chef Nigella Lawson.

C.M. Kempe’s writing erotic romance her way, with no fears attached.

Say it isn’t so! Alexa Day’s wondering if nice girls are taking over romance.

And Kiersten Hallie Krum’s dishing on dino porn.

Lastly, if those blowhard relatives of yours start wondering why you don’t stop with this writing business and get yourself a real job, tell them to take a long walk off a short pier and never, ever let them put doubt in your head. Because, as we all know, doubt is evil.

The Lost Pornographic Era of the Dinosaurs

7 Oct

by Kiersten Hallie Krum

Oh yeah, you read that right. Dinosaur porn.

Elizabeth hat tipped the dino porn scuttlebutt in her Sexy Saturday Roundup, but let’s take a more in-depth look at it, shall we?

Fair warning: Make sure you have a strong stomach before clicking the below links or reading excerpts.

dino porn

Tiny hands. Tiny…

First announced by Geekologie on Monday, I discovered the dino porn “rage” via The Twitter on Tuesday. On Wednesday, The Huffington Post online had a profile on “Tyrannosaurus sex”. By Thursday, NY Magazine online had a Q&A with the authors. Behold the power of social media. Again.

Two Texas college students are currently making buck hand over fist writing “dinosaur erotica” that features dinosaurs and the women who bang them. In the Q&A, the co-writers of such titles as Taken by the T-Rex, Taken by the Pterodactyl, and Taken at the Dinosaur Museum (I’m sensing a theme here) discuss how they cornered this unexplored sub genre of lizard lascivity in the erotica publishing market . Excuse me while I take a moment to hurl.

For crying out loud, leave it unexplored! Look, there are some sub, sub, sub-genres that should remain platform-free and I think prehistoric bestiality is one of them. I wouldn’t read a shifter novel where there was sex between the human and the shifted shifter (say that ten times fast), I sure as hell am not going to read coitus between a woman and a twelve-foot lizard right before it eats her for breakfast. I mean, those small hands alone! Ew.

But, much like Miley Cyrus’ newest absurd antics, books like these get press coverage and media exposure due to the shock impact and the point-and-look-at-the-train-wreck shared horror. I’m writing about it here out of pure disgust, but I’m still writing about it, thus being (again) the object of my own scorn. But there is enough prejudice and patronization against the romance genre and its many sub-genres as it is. We don’t have to create fodder for such discrimination by appealing to the lowest common denominator of porn and calling it erotic fiction!

This, I think, is one of the consequences still playing out from the Fifty Shades infection. While it continues to allow legitimate writers of erotic fiction and erotica (like some of the my fellow Lady Smut authors) the opportunity to capitalize on the mainstream recognition of their sub-genre, dino porn exhibits the long-term effects of the popularity of that poorly written, derivative, border-line plagiarized nonsense. While originally popularized by Twi-hards jonesing for the sex Stephanie Myers failed to provide through most of her original opus, Fifty Shades garnered huge media coverage based on the titillation of (mild) BDSM being read and enjoyed by suburban Moms and other “normal” women readers. Now, every perverse (I think it’s more than safe to call dino porn perverse) new iteration is more ammunition for romance novels to be derided as merely “porn” for women.  Technically speaking, these particular books are actually porn for dinosaurs and since the Jurassic Age has gone the way of the dodo (likely long before there was a dodo), so should its porn!

Does dino porn hit your limit of erotic fiction wannabes? Or do you think any and every corner of the genre should be written if there’s an audience who will read and buy it…no matter how disgusting the subject matter?

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