Writing Dark Erotic Romance
by Christina Mandara
When I began writing dark erotic romance, I had no idea of the pitfalls I would shortly encounter. The world has entered a stage of ‘political correctness’ that seems to give erotica writers a slap in the face at every possible opportunity, yet horror writers face none of the same similar censure or disgust.
I was told that everyone wants sex positive stories. The word ‘non-consensual’ was immediately frowned at and I received criticism from every turn. If my book received a nomination for an award, the chances were it would be banned from the competition once read. When I was nominated for best blogger award, I was consequently slated for my non-consensual work.
My kind of stories aren’t new. Okay, the level of kinky sex might be new, but in essence ‘non-consensual’ stories have been about for years. I guarantee you’ll find a whole bunch of them in the romance rack, the ones where the heroine is forced into marriage, or through her misdeeds ends up entangled with the billionaire. Then there’s the Viking invader who kills everyone but the princess, the dashing rake who steals away his lady away on horseback… there’s so many I can’t even begin to describe them.
Why aren’t women entitled to have naughty fantasies anymore? Men are. You can surf the net and quickly find every sort of naughtiness you want – it might cost you a few pennies, but it’s there for the taking. Women are finding their naughty ‘top shelf’ books removed from bookstore searches, hidden from view, or banned altogether. What’s wrong with a good, old-fashioned naughty book?
Quote from George R.R. Martin
“I can describe an axe entering a human skull in great explicit detail and no one will blink twice at it. I provide a similar description, just as detailed, of a penis entering a vagina, and I get letters about it and people swearing off. To my mind this is kind of frustrating, it’s madness. Ultimately, in the history of [the] world, penises entering vaginas have given a lot of people a lot of pleasure; axes entering skulls, well, not so much.”
For the most part, men watch naughty films whilst women read naughty books. Our brains just aren’t wired the same way. I fail to see why I can’t read what I want in fiction land (it is fantasy after all…) because a few people have decided that I must read PC sexual fantasies.
Quote from Anne Rice
As a feminist, I’m very much supportive of equal rights for women in all walks of life. And that includes for me the right of every woman to write out her sexual fantasies and to read books filled with sexual fantasies that she enjoys. Men have always enjoyed all kinds of pornography. How can it be wrong for women to have the same right? We’re sexual beings! And fantasy is where we can do the things we can’t do in ordinary life. A woman has a right to imagine herself carried away by a handsome prince, and to choose for herself as she writes, the color of his hair and eyes, and imagine his silky voice. She has a right to make him as tall as she wants and as strong as she wants. Why not? Men have always allowed themselves such fantasies.
Why are people so worried about non-consensual erotica?
Anyone who’s read either my book, or Anne Rice’s Beauty series will realize immediately that they’re in the land of fantasy. You don’t see paddocks full of naked pony-girls very often, so it’s not a hard conclusion to come by.
You don’t read Superman and expect to be able to fly off buildings, similarly, you don’t read dark erotica and head off to a deserted alleyway in the hope of being kidnapped. That’s why it’s called FICTION. It’s make-believe.
The fantasy is exciting because the hero and heroine can’t resist each other. They immediately find each other attractive, whether they want to or not, and the push and pull factor these kinds of stories provide has me entranced.
Do I want anything like that to happen to me in real life? Absolutely not! But in fantasyland it’s exquisite reading and I want to see more of it on the shelves, please!
The Velvet Chair
(Velvet Lies #1)
Publication date: February 6th 2017
Genres: Erotica, Romance
“Oh, darling. You’re going to be so easy to conquer.” His finger reached under my chin and pulled my face back to meet his. “I can’t wait to strip you out of that dress and watch you crawl around my home naked. I’m going to spank that delectable ass with every damn pervertible I can find. Hairbrushes, wooden spoons, spatulas, and I might even try a damn baking sheet. That ass of yours is always going to be prettily pink and perfectly swollen while you’re under my roof.”
My name is Mark Matthews. I own half of London, and the part I don’t own, I’m working on.
Life was all going swimmingly well until Michael Redcliff entered my life, demanding that I marry his daughter. Actually, swap demand for blackmail. He’s got goods on me that I want no one else to see, so for the time being I need to be his little lapdog.
I’ll marry his daughter. I’ll give him all the status, money and power he can handle… for as long as it takes me to get a divorce. You see, I can’t renege on our little arrangement – but she can. I give her a week. One week and she’ll be screaming the place down for her legal counsel.
I am never wrong.
Christina Mandara is a USA TODAY bestselling author and tends to write dark romance with lashings of kinky naughtiness. Her favourite pastime is travelling, and if it involves sun, sea and… sand then it’s all good.
In her spare time she’s usually cuddled up with a good book, exploring the countryside or baking in the kitchen. In fact, she loves her kitchen so much she’s one of few woman who wouldn’t mind being tied to it! Her first and foremost love is writing, however, and more often than not you’ll find her on a laptop spinning tales of romance, erotica or dark, paranormal fantasies.
She’s a big fan of BDSM in all of its glorious forms, and her favourite item in the toy closet (a box simply isn’t big enough) is her riding crop.
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