Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Written Word

I discovered Literotica.com about a year before I started writing.  I had never been all that into watching porn - unless I found everyone involved in the movie attractive it just didn't do much for me, and that was rare - but when I found Literotica it was like a whole new world had opened up for me.  Before that I'd relied on cheesy romance novels to fuel the fantasies in my head.  Some romance novels have some really great sex scenes, plus they're usually great at the build-up, but sometimes I am just not in the mood for a long build-up and I want some instant gratification!

At that point I was constantly reading on two sites; Literotica and another one which didn't have the high quality or quantity that was available on Literotica.  My boyfriend at the time didn't really seem to understand the attraction - he was a very visual person and so he was very into watching porn and didn't really have the patience to read it. I'm not sure if the preference is a male vs. female thing, or just a personality thing.

The written word, to me, is so much sexier because the reader can go so much deeper into the characters than the viewer of a porn.  We get the emotions, descriptions of the physical sensations, the thoughts, the hesitancy and fears of the characters through the written word.  Porn can do that to an extent but it's just not the same.  Plus, when I'm reading something I can picture it from whatever angle I want to instead of having to rely on the camera and the director's vision.  My vision is the one that is important!

Of course, sometimes the written word doesn't do it for me either... which is why I love Literotica's "favorites" feature.  Freaking brilliant is what that is! There are a lot of stories where the writing style doesn't suit me or there's just not enough descriptiveness when it comes to the actual sex act or I don't like the characters, etc. and when I find something that I want to go back to it's nice to be able to just click on my list of favorites.  Sadly I sometimes have trouble finding favorite stories that I had read before the favorites button was around.

I also have a few favorite books laying around my house to read when I'm in the mood for some sexy reading and don't feel like sitting in front of the computer.

The Darkfever series by Karen Marie Moning is hot hot hot... very long build-up but totally worth it.  I had some trouble getting through the first book because I couldn't stand the main character at first, but I was super turned on by the main guy in it so I kept going and omg was it worth it by the end. Funny enough the romance/erotic stuff isn't the main part of the books, so I enjoy the read as well as the eventual culmination of sexy time. It's Fantasy and fantastic.  Her other series is more normal romance and wasn't quite as stimulating in my opinion.

The Captivity of Celia by M.S. Valentine is another one that I've read over and over again. Fantastic writing, depravity galore, and plenty of instant gratification.  Not much of a slow build-up but plenty of slow seduction as Celia falls deeper and deeper into the perverse games of her lover's cousin.  Unfortunately I haven't really been able to get into any of M.S. Valentine's other books. Still great writing, but the subject matter just wasn't really my cup of tea.

Shayla Black and Lexi Blake (especially together) are new favorites. She does a lot of BDSM / Menage stories and I haven't read anything by her that I didn't like so far.  I'm anxiously awaiting Lexie Black's next Masters and Mercenaries book in fact.  I've checked Amazon.com like 5 times this month, at least, in hopes that it was out because it's supposed to be sooooooooooo and I must read.  The teaser that she left in The Dom Who Loved Me absolutely sucked me in.

So yeah... those are some of my big reads. I feel like anyone who wants to be a writer should also read as much as possible. Not just for ideas, but it's so much easier to write when you know what interests you and the writing styles that you enjoy reading.

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