Thursday, July 24, 2008

So do you want to "Swallow Darkness"?? and other perverted thoughts

The newest book in Laurell K Hamiltons's series is called Swallowing Darkness *snort* - here are the titles for the beginning:

A Kiss of Shadows (2000)
A Caress of Twilight (2002)
Seduced by Moonlight (2004)
A Stroke of Midnight (2005)
Mistral's Kiss (2006)
A Lick of Frost (2007)
Swallowing Darkness (Nov 2008)

So does anyone see a trend here? Or is it just my perverted mind? Kiss, Caress, Seduce, Stroke, Kiss, Lick, what the hell comes next (oops - no pun intended!) Gargle with Listerine, have a cigarette and a glass of Zinfandel?? Clever little minx is our Ms. Hamilton. No one can ever mistake these books for anything more than they are. Oh, don't get me wrong; I'm totally hooked on this series, and there is an interesting story line, but going by these names do you actually think most people are looking for a plot when they pick up these books?

So speaking of sex ----Sex and the mainstream book - Has "porn for women" otherwise known as Erotica, gone the way of the Dodo bird? I remember the days that if I wanted a little sexual spice (more than could be found in a romance) in my reading, I would have to down-load an e-book from a "kinky" publisher to my e-reader. My shame knew no bounds and I felt somewhat 'dirty' for liking books like this. It fascinated me to know that sexy books wasn't just for men any more.
Now really 'dirty' sex has gone mainstream. I don't think I've seen a 'kink' that hasn't been written about and pushed on to the masses by very legitimate and normally conservative publishers . I love seeing how these conservative publishers now have subsidiaries for their "porn" er....Erotica *snicker*.

So, has really erotic sex in novels become boring now that it's a perfectly normal, legitimate genre? Do authors feel the need to pepper their books with badly written, very uncreative or overly-creative sex scenes, (think multiple partners, chains, whips, candle wax...think four and five-somes...why not just add a dog and some battery operated toys and be done with it?) just to hit both mainstream fiction, romance, AND the sub-genre of erotica. In this readers opinion - yes it IS getting boring to come across these totally out in left field scenes. Why does an author think it's good writing to stick sex in in a scene where the hero and heroine are running for their lives? Literally.

Gah...I long for the days when woman's porn was sold by very few houses and it was good because you knew you were buying and reading a book to be titillated, not for the plot. Plot was an added bonus.

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