Red Jordan Arobateau. Photo courtesy of the subject. Flip is standing on the other side of a restaurant window, looking out at Rhonda and trying to decide how to approach the San Francisco sex worker.
The pair wind up blowing off steam in some intriguing ways. Buy Beautiful Secret. From sexual kink to the power of menstruation, the author delves deeply into the human body and all the pleasures and pains it holds.
Thanks to the e-reader, the nation's interest in steamy books has been rekindled. At last, says Arifa Akbar, no more cringing at the bookshop till Most of us know who E L James is by now.
No matter how you feel about Fifty Shades of Grey as a book or film, its meteoric rise in popularity has put the spotlight on a frequently misunderstood and underappreciated genre of pop culture that deserves the attention: erotic fiction. The common misconception about the genre is assuming the word "erotic" immediately translates to smut or filth or straight-up pornography. People seem to forget that erotic is a blanket term for anything that turns us on sexually, and the beauty of turn-ons is that they're different for everyone.
Skip navigation! Story from Sex. Instead, there remains a bit of a misconception that all of modern erotica is somehow similar to Fifty Shadeswith female submissives being the name of the game.
Erotic literature comprises fictional and factual stories and accounts of human sexual relationships which have the power to or are intended to arouse the reader sexually. A common feature of the genre is sexual fantasies on such themes as prostitutionorgieshomosexualitysadomasochismand many other taboo subjects and fetisheswhich may or may not be expressed in explicit language. Despite cultural taboos on such material, circulation of erotic literature was not seen as a major problem before the invention of printing, as the costs of producing individual manuscripts limited distribution to a very small group of readers.
Why is erotica so hot? In researching for this article, my intent was to answer this question scientifically. I learned that almost as many women read erotica as men watch porn.
When Red Phoenix first decided she wanted to try her hand at self-publishing erotic fiction, her husband had his concerns. So did Red. Oftentimes her readers consume her work—and demand more—faster than she can write it, as was the case with Brie, her bestselling nine-part series of BDSM-themed novellas charting the sexual awakening tale of a young submissive in training.
If Fifty Shades of Grey has proven anything, it's that flipping through several hundred pages of NSFW prose is fun and nothing to be embarrassed about. So, please come no pun intended with us into a whole new world of books with stunning sex. Erotica often gets labeled a "guilty pleasure," and while yes—there are many campy books to read, some of which are on this list—plenty of erotica overlaps with genre and literary fiction.