September 1, 2015

In the Headlines: How Do You Know it's "Good" Erotica?

How do you know when you're reading good erotica?

 


An article this week proposed 5 ways to know you're reading good erotica, based on a discussion panel on sex from the Philippine Literary Festival. Commenters included Pammy Godoy, Bambina Oliveres, and Mina V. Esguerra. Looking into these women, I think the latter two at least should be going on my TBR list.

But the article's suggestions for what makes good erotica seem to revolve around a somewhat "apologetic" view of writing about sex. With the exception of the second point which points out the benefits of frank language as opposed to flowery metaphor, quite a lot of this article advocates separating erotic content from pornography, including deep emotional impact, and being sure to include the "consequences" of sexual acts as well.  While these points certainly have their place in the right romance, does it really make for good erotica?

In my opinion, erotica is a style of pornography and shouldn't apologize for that. Pornography isn't latently evil, after all, in written form or otherwise. Obviously there is poorly written and poorly acted pornography, but the existence of it doesn't reflect on the concept or genre as a whole. There is some lovely, romantic, engaging, and passionate pornography out there, as well as some excellently presented fetish, kink, power exchange and even instructional pornography (Nina Hartley puts out some great instructionals). So contrasting erotica against porn to indicate one is better than the other or one benefits by not sinking to the other's level is, to me, a bit short-sighted.

Add to that the fact that not all erotica really needs to be "emotionally fulfilling" -- at least, not in the sense this article seems to indicate, that being a romantic emotional fulfillment. I find some of the most powerful erotica is that which teaches us to be more emotionally invested and fulfilled in ourselves and our desires, rather than seeking some legitimizing emotional connection with a partner every time.

Finally, I find quite a lot of fault with the final premise of the article, that one must also consider the "effects" and "consequences" of sexual engagement (unplanned and teen pregnancies being specifically referenced). I don't personally think that's what erotica is about. The article points out we should remember sex as a procreational activity first and foremost--a premise that sounds unsettlingly like pro-life arguments against abortion and birth control. Not only do I find fault with this point in an article supposedly defining good erotica, I find it borderline offensive.

What say you? Do you think this article touches on good points for erotica authors to consider? What do you think makes erotica "good"? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments, I'm excited to know what you think!
Pammy Godoy, Bambina Olivares, and Mina V. Esguerra - See more at: http://preen.inquirer.net/13035/5-ways-to-know-youre-reading-good-erotica#sthash.U2huhbjT.dpuf
Pammy Godoy, Bambina Olivares, and Mina V. Esguerra - See more at: http://preen.inquirer.net/13035/5-ways-to-know-youre-reading-good-erotica#sthash.U2huhbjT.dpuf
Pammy Godoy, Bambina Olivares, and Mina V. Esguerra - See more at: http://preen.inquirer.net/13035/5-ways-to-know-youre-reading-good-erotica#sthash.U2huhbjT.dpuf
Pammy Godoy, Bambina Olivares, and Mina V. Esguerra - See more at: http://preen.inquirer.net/13035/5-ways-to-know-youre-reading-good-erotica#sthash.U2huhbjT.dpuf

August 31, 2015

Talking Shop: Writing About Blowjobs

What terrific erotic story is complete without some sweet oral action?



Now, on a personal level, I prefer muff diving to cock sucking (take that however you like), but that's a play date for another time. Today we'll be waggling our tongues over the art of the blow job: specifically, how to write about it.

August 30, 2015

New Release: Bad Dreams

A Tentacle Hentai Tale of Seduction



http://tinyurl.com/px5x7ft

Available at Smashwords
& Amazon

August 27, 2015

Friday Free Read: Eat Dessert First

This recording is NC17 and contains graphic sexual content. You may want to listen with headphones!

(If you aren't able to listen to the audio, the text version is posted below)





August 25, 2015

Wednesday Writing Challenge: Scars

Welcome to the Wednesday Writing Challenge!


??  Want to Participate  ??

 

  (July's prize has been delayed and so winners for both July and August will be announced in the next newsletter)


 

August Prize: Ebook copies of all Foreplay and Fangs erotic short stories


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And now...

***Here's Today's Challenge!***

 

Scars by Candra


Choose a scar somewhere on your body.
Write a flash fiction of 100 words explaining where the scar came from.

The story doesn't have to be true.
The story doesn't have to be about you. It can be about a fictional character who has the same scar as you.
Describe what it means to the person who bears it.


Add your entry to the comments below!

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In the Headlines: Why do we Love Zombies?

http://www.newsweek.com/why-are-we-obsessed-zombies-365140


Zombies are in the news again this week, with the recent news of the new AMC spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead. I have to say I'm surprised as heck that the series is generating this much excitement. Having been a zombie movie aficionado for almost 20 years, I've honestly never seen what makes The Walking Dead special; this new series looks like the same series to me, simply set in a new place with new characters. As far as I can tell, the story will be the same: the dead are rising, the survivors are fighting horrible and heart-wrenching situations which probably includes shooting their own friends and loved ones, and the characters we come to know and love will start dying with depressing regularity.

So why do audiences demand more and more of these shambling corpses?

I've seen most big-name zombie films from the George A. Romero series to the modern takes like 28 Days Later to the parodies like Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland. I've seen many, many of the B- and even Z- films like Abraham Lincoln, Zombie Hunter. But it takes an awful lot for a zombie film, TV show, or book to get my attention anymore. So many of them follow such an incredibly predictable formula.

Lately, though, a few more interesting spins are coming about. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is slated for theatrical release very soon. Just a few years ago we had a marketable zombie romance as well: Warm Bodies

What is the appeal of zombies? How is it possible they continue to appeal to us in the same formulaic stories, and manage to surprise us in some of the most unexpected ways?

Share your thoughts about zombies and their place in fiction, especially as it pertains to romance. Do you like them? Hate them? Have any really good zombie film or book recommendations? Do you think they're getting old, or does it look like we'll be dealing with them for a long, long time to come?

August 24, 2015

Talking Shop: Tips for Pacing






"Well.  That escalated quickly."



 Have you ever been reading a book or watching a movie and suddenly think the plot jumped waaaaay ahead of the timing?  Here's a common one I run into in my genre: two characters meet, discover they dislike and sometimes even hate each other, and on the next page they've never felt such incredible magnetism, never been so drawn to another. On the next page, they're inexplicably in love.