The trend of erotica has emerged in the recent years. What people do not realize is that creating one is not as easy as it may. The craft into this genre is still hidden. When I tried to become an erotic writer (twice, actually), it was right after I graduated and during my masturbation addiction days, I did an extensive research on erotica. Now, if you’ve read the trilogy of Fifty Shades, you’re in for a surprise. A Shot Sex in the Dark by Christine d’Abo or Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer are good, fast reads if you want to be entertained quickly.
I think Anais Nin’s book is the bible of sex. If you want to write good erotica, read and analyse the book. The sex in Delta of Venus is elaborated as the in-between of love and lust–that it’s not either or, or both, but it is just sex as its own. If you’re looking for unrealistic romance, you won’t find it here. Uniquely, it is presented as our attempt of pleasure, what we are willing to do to achieve that moment, portraying our selfishness to get what we want. And it’s actually okay to be an asshole for sex, somehow.
It’s unforgiving, sick, but very humane. We all feel it, not necessarily forbidden. She captures the readers’ moment of “I’m not supposed to be enjoying this, but I am. And I’m not sorry.” And then you end up reading until five a.m., trying not to jerk off.
Nïn published the book in the seventies. The collection of stories include heavy drug use, specifically opium. Prostitutions, piercings, incest, submissions, you name it. Well, maybe if you’re looking for BDSM, you won’t find it here. What you’ll find is a sex adventure, and who doesn’t like that?
Note: This post was originally written and published on Thursday, November 20, 2014.
Featured image above (the title) is taken from Amazon.