Saturday, April 11, 2009

This is an interactive post

I'm not going to make you sing campfire songs or scream Aloha (I can't hear you!) or any of those other group torture things that only masochists enjoy. But I do have some questions, and I'd really appreciate your opinion. Your insights will help me with a project I'm working on. Code name: 5150.


When you read erotica, is the story more important to you, or the sex?

Do you expect to get turned on by reading erotica?

Have you ever skimmed the graphic sex to get back to the story?

If you write erotica, do you feel you have to add explicit sex so that it will sell?

Where do you find literary short stories (of any genre)? Or are you having a hard time finding them?


Thanks!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Remember you asked for it ;-) :

When you read erotica, is the story more important to you, or the sex?The story definitely – if there is no story, no characters I can get to know and sympathize with, the sex in erotica is just like watching porn – one scene is maybe nice to look at, maybe even slightly thrilling, but when repeated again and again for me it quickly becomes meaningless, clinical and after a time,boring.

On the other hand, if the characters engage me, I do not mind multiple sex scenes if they are written strongly and for example reflect the development of the characters relationship outside the bedroom or help me understand the characters .

Do you expect to get turned on by reading erotica?I was wavering a bit about this answer but - Yes – and I am not talking about one-handed-reads because if I were physically equipped for such, I could find this on nifty, literotica or other such sides easily for free. But in an erotica book I shell out money for, I definitely expect a certain kind of fantasy inducing thrill, with the emphasize on fantasy – therefore it is not necessarily the most graphic scene that does it for me. Don´t get me wrong – I have nothing against graphic, but I notice in me a kind of desensitization regarding what I would consider graphic and what has become “the same old”.


Have you ever skimmed the graphic sex to get back to the story?Yes, multiple times – lets face it, not every author who writes erotica is actually good at writing a sex scene let alone one after another without repeating him/herself and/or writing a manual and not an erotic scene. But I know tastes vary, and what I consider boring might be the height of erotic for somebody else and vise versa.

If you write erotica, do you feel you have to add explicit sex so that it will sell? Not applicable – but I naively hope authors write a story the way they want it told – with or without lots of sex. I heard that some publishers demand more sex from authors – at least that what has been said about EC – and maybe that is the explanation why in some books sex scenes sometimes appear random and mechanically.

Where do you find literary short stories (of any genre)? Or are you having a hard time finding them Actually I am not looking for them, because short stories to me are frustrating – if I like the characters and/or story line, they are too short, and if i do not, lets face it, they are a waste of money. I currently read a lot of m/m (I love your Chaos Magic series, by the way and actually re-read them for the full impact) and I would love to see more full length novels and less short stories and novellas. It seems to me, that in this genre there are only so many stories – or should I say authors – that can really tell an engaging story in 40 pages or less.

Chrissie

Amanda said...

When you read erotica, is the story more important to you, or the sex? a good balance of both is good. the first time around, the story is important. for wanking though, once i know the story i can just go back to the sex or what i find sexy, such as the rules scene in the Story of O.

Do you expect to get turned on by reading erotica? yes.

Have you ever skimmed the graphic sex to get back to the story? no; i've skimmed the story to get back to the sex.
If you write erotica, do you feel you have to add explicit sex so that it will sell? nope.

Where do you find literary short stories (of any genre)? Or are you having a hard time finding them? i find them very easily. not only do i have a lot of friends who write excellent short stories, i also go back to the classics for good short stories. i love the short story format and am constantly seeking out good short stories. i am frustrated by the current trend in erotic short fiction toward publishing short, pat ending stories with very little sex and almost no character development to speak of. i think this trend is minimizing the intelligence of the reading public.

Carrie said...

Story or sex? Story mostly; I'm more turned on by the situation that leads to the sex than I am by the descriptive sex itself.

Do I expect to get turned on by erotica? Yes, but I have also read very good erotica stories that have not turned me on.

Skimmed the sex? Yes, often, but that sometimes depends on the time of the month :)

Do I feel like I have to write explicit sex to make it sell? Yes. This bothers me sometimes but I also understand that I'm not writing for myself; I'm writing for a larger market of people who don't want "literature". They want to "experience" the kind of sex they can't actually get in their workaday lives.

Where do I find literary short stories? Amazon, ironically. I don't have bookstores (no, not one; Wal-Mart is the only place to buy books), so I search Amazon's lists and I read the reviews. I've tried Googling print and e-publishers but I tend to get swamped with tacky covers that turn me off and underwhelming teaser excerpts. In short, it's too much work to sort through the junk when I am able (or was able...) to let Amazon buyers do it for me.

Kathleen Bradean said...

Anon: I did ask for it, and thank you for full answers.
Amanda: Hi!
Carrie: What kind of covers do you prefer? Sometimes I wonder if even the arty nudes are getting dull.