October 19, 2014

Take Me Away: F Coupes and Fantasies of Abduction


That's nice, isn't it? It'll be his turn soon enough.
That’s nice, isn’t it? It’ll be his turn soon enough.

By Alexa Day

I love this year’s line of Jaguar commercials. The ones that reassure us that Brits make the best villains. I think they started during this year’s Super Bowl. I remember watching Mark Strong driving that gorgeous F coupe around. Between his sinfully sexy voice and the delicious growl of the engine, I’d have bought whatever the television told me to. It’s probably best that the base model F coupe costs $65,000, or I’d be living in it now.

I lost sight of the ads for a while, until I heard bits of breathless praise for one featuring Tom Hiddleston. Tom doesn’t do anything for me. I’m sure he’s a lovely person; I just don’t find him attractive. As a result, I didn’t pay loads of attention to what people were saying.

Tom Hiddleston … something something … Jaguar … something … bag in the trunk … something … what’s in the bag?

Here’s how it really goes.

When I finally watched it, my first thought was that the bag was too small. I had envisioned a large bag, made of silky black fabric, with a sleek length of rope to fasten the top.

You know, something big enough for me.

I’m not saying that I fantasize about being dropped into the Jaguar’s luxuriant trunk by Tom Hiddleston. I’m not attracted to Tom. If Mark Strong wanted me in the trunk of the F coupe, however, he wouldn’t even need the bag. I’m not just going to hop in because he says to, mostly because I enjoy listening to him talk. But I would offer him only token resistance. I might bite his hand just to see what sort of sound he made, but my plan is to end up in the trunk like a good girl.

The abduction fantasy has been one of my favorites for many years, at least since high school. I’ve long indulged thoughts of being carried off by strong, powerful men who needed me for something they knew I would not surrender willingly. The fantasy’s politically incorrect surface discourages most people from examining it further. I think people struggle to understand that it has no correlation to actual abduction, and I think they struggle with this more than they do with a lot of other sexual fantasies. Because I enjoy the abduction fantasy and its permutations so much, though, I don’t mind studying it from time to time. Themes of power, surrender, control of self and control of others pop up in my writing fairly often. I just think that sort of thing is hot, and I like experimenting with all those boundaries.

The abduction fantasy wears many faces. I maintain a mental shortlist with a rotating cast of fantasy kidnappers. (And they are all mine. Not sharing them.) Some of them are good-looking sophisticates, guys like Mark, who want something I have. A state secret. Launch codes. Passwords. Knowledge of arcane languages. They’re endlessly patient and wonderfully seductive, and this flavor of fantasy is more about power than about sex. I mean, until I give up the launch codes or whatever, the plot for world domination is at a standstill, right? I’ll get to see just what this person will do to get what he wants from me. That’s a nice train of thought.

Click to get in line for release day!
Click to get in line for release day!

And sometimes I’m dealing with a rough character with baser interests. These guys look more like Jason Statham, accustomed to the use of force. They might deliver me to someone who wants the launch codes, but along the way, any number of inappropriate things might happen. This one’s about power, too, but not in the same way. It’s about being desirable enough to erode a man’s self-control. It’s about driving a man beyond regard for consequences. In a world where successful single women still hear that men are “too intimidated” to approach them, the rougher abduction fantasy, starring men who are not at all afraid of women, will always have a place.

I’m so tempted at this point to get into the family of fantasies featuring us women as the abductors of men. If you’re following my author page on Facebook, you’ve already seen occasional pictures of hot shirtless dudes tied to beds, showerheads and the like. I think that sort of thing is stimulating. But it is perhaps another story for another day.

For now, I’m going back into the trunk of the imaginary F coupe. I’m going to look at the trunk release handle — because a $65,000 car certainly has one — and I’m going to wonder just what Mark Strong is going to ask me for and whether I’m inclined to give it to him today.

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  • Post authorMadeline Iva

    Ah, Alexa! You have a powerful talent for making the forbidden seem fun. I too, had been hearing all about this add on fb, and now I know why. Ah Tom. Ah Mark. I think if we do another anthology we’ll have to get you to write an abduction story for it — maybe two. One of each kind — male abductor, and female abductor.

    Do you think abduction stories are the same a ‘capture’ romances? Nara Malone was really into capture romances once upon a time. Something for further research, yes?

    Reply to Madeline Iva
    • Post authorAlexa Day

      I wonder if I’m not being too much of a lawyer with this distinction, but I think of abduction stories and capture stories as two different things. I think that for abduction, the takeaway is … well … being taken away. I think of the capture romances as leaning on more of the flight and pursuit elements, which may or may not be present in abduction stories.

      But I’m no expert. It’s possible that there is no real recognized distinction and the two areas are joined by a blurry boundary. Indeed, further research is necessary. 🙂

      Although I do think about them frequently and in impressive detail, I haven’t actually written an abduction story since high school. It would probably have gotten me reported in this day and age, but in those days, we focused more on the chariot racing team than on questionable English assignments. The challenge for me is dodging Stockholm syndrome on the one hand (I think it’s cheating) and avoiding porny plotlessness on the other. And then on the third hand, I can never figure out what to do about rescuers. Still. I dig challenges.

      Reply to Alexa Day
  • Post authorElizabeth Shore

    I personlly think hot shirtless men tied to showerheads needs to be next week’s post. I mean, seriously, you’ve blown the top off of that box, so let’s hear about it. Inquiring minds want to know – pronto!

    Reply to Elizabeth Shore
    • Post authorAlexa Day

      You got it! Hot shirtless dudes secured to showerheads and various other fixtures (including furniture) will be on deck next. I’m thinking of Russell Crowe right now. Just so you know. 🙂

      Reply to Alexa Day
  • Post authorC. Margery Kempe

    I love Hiddles, but Strong is wonderful, too. Yeah, that voice. Michael Wincott and Mark Strong arguing over who gets to abduct me — that sounds like a great start to a story.

    Reply to C. Margery Kempe
    • Post authorAlexa Day

      Yeah, I’ve been spending a lot of time with the Before I Go To Sleep trailer. A *lot* of time.

      You know I hadn’t thought about anyone actually fighting over the peach assignment of abducting me … but now I will! Oh, heavens yes. 🙂

      Reply to Alexa Day
  • Post authorKel

    Voices always work for me more than visuals…

    And the abduction thing. I totally get it. Mine isn’t usually about being physically overwhelmed, it’s about being outmaneuvered – consenting under duress because of someone or something I’m protecting… and so I would climb into the trunk willingly, and not pull the trunk release, because the thing that is keeping me there is psychology, not brute force.

    Your fantasies change when your claim to fame is being able to knock people down and overpower or immobilize them. Which isn’t to say that powerful physicality isn’t sexy as heck, because oh, it is… but it means that overpowering is going to take either consent or involve broken bones, which… not usually sexy.

    • Post authorAlexa Day

      Kel, I’m going to be *very* interested in your take on my post for next week! You’ll have to be sure to check it out. 😉

      You did get me thinking, though, and not just about whether I would slide from side to side inside the trunk. (My guess is that I would not. It’s probably carpety in there.) Fantasy duress is most effective for me if our hot imaginary friend threatens me directly, as opposed to my circle of intimates. I feel like a less good person in that regard, but that’s why Mark, Jason and I are going to get along so well when they let me out later. 🙂

      Reply to Alexa Day
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