Ever since I first heard about the Fifty Shades of Grey series, I just can’t get away from it. Left, right, and center it’s everywhere I look. (Erotica with the Cast of Snow White)
But for the record, erotica has existed before Fifty. In fact, I’d wager a guess that for all the hieroglyphics of men with coyote heads, there are just as many stick figures with whips, chains, and naughty French maid outfits. Anaïs Nin of course is one of the most famous modern erotica writers, but Anne Rice is right up there with her in the volume department. Books like Belinda, Exit to Eden, and the infamous Sleeping Beauty trilogy are sure to shock even the most blasé of readers. (Belinda and Eden were written under the name Anne Rampling, The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty’s Punishment, and Beauty’s Release under the name A.N. Roquelaure)
On Wikipedia, the source of all things legit, the list of BDSM reading is long and spiky. BDSM, by the way, stands for bondage, discipline, sadism, and masochism. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know – I had to look it up too. For those of us who live boringly vanilla lives, fetishism is about as prevalent in our daily grind as macrophilia (fantasizing about sexy time with giants), mechanophilia (same thing except with cars) or spectrophilia (this time, with ghosts). Yeah, I did some research…there are some odd and truly impractical cravings out there. Sorry lads, but the jolly green giant is going to be a tough one to locate.
In my twenties I went to a bondage/fetish club in Los Angeles purely by accident. Long story, but needless to say I fit right in. I think I was wearing seersucker that night, which amongst all the black rubber, stood out as brightly as a pale pink sweater set. I saw people tied to walls, gorgeous victims being gently whipped, and enthusiastic folks doing all sorts of “naughty” behavior. Sadly, it wasn’t that erotic to me…just interesting and curious, like going to the circus or visiting an IHOP in the middle of the night. Point being, I enjoyed reading Fifty, but I’m ready for the next phenomenon. Maybe J.K Rowling can take up the torch. I’d be very interested to read what goes on behind closed doors at Hogwarts.