Okay, I hope people will indulge me and I won't lose all of my links from respectable blogs by posting about sex twice in two weeks, but Holly recently posted an interesting question over on her blog, and I'm tempted to ask for people's responses:
What do you think are the top 10 sexiest novels of all time?
Holly used the same trick I used in my earlier sex stories post (a trick used by preachers for centuries): you can get away with talking about kinky stuff all you want as long as you're condemning it. ;^)
So instead of posting a positive list, Holly posted about two books that should not be on the list: Lolita and The Story of O. I agree with her on these choices. As for Lolita, it's true I haven't read it, but the thing is that one can only read so many books in a lifetime. For me, Lolita falls into the same category as Ender's Game: I constantly hear people say it's fantastic, but every time I hear any specific details about it, I'm left with less and less desire ever to bother to read it myself. As for The Story of O, I've read that one -- and I didn't find it objectionable -- but it left me going "meh." It was the about the same for me as the "Sleeping Beauty" series: that whole dominance/submission thing is just not my kink.
The really sad part, though, is that when I set out to write a positive list of my own, I couldn't think of anything!!!
Well, almost nothing. Trying to think of books that turned me on, practically the only ones I came up with were books I read as a young teen. There's a certain logic to this, really: once I was old enough to start creating my own sexual reality, I had far less need and desire to get ideas from other people's sexual fantasies.
So here's my mini-list of what fantasies I liked way back when:
* Anything by Piers Anthony. I recognized that this stuff was repetitive and not great literature, but that really wasn't the point. I'm the opposite of Greta Christina here since she said she has no interest in sci-fi/fantasy sex. In my case, that's practically the only thing I like in the whole sci-fi/fantasy genre: bizarre erotic scenarios that follow different social rules and physical laws than what you encounter in real life. It's also one of the main reasons I liked Star Trek, even though that one has very little that's explicitly sexual -- you have to imagine your own fan-fic. ;^)
And on that note:
* Elfquest. I haven't picked it up in years so I don't know what I'd think of it today. But looking back, I can't think of any series that provided me with more pleasant hours of fantasies back when I was in Junior High than that one. Particularly (but not limited to) that scene where all the elves have an orgy before going off to fight the trolls. If you're restricting to grown-up books that one probably wouldn't make the cut, but when it comes to erotica for kids, Elfquest has got to win some sort of award...
Then there was my other Jr. High favorite:
* Forever, by Judy Blume. I won't waste more time on it here since I have discussed it at length here and here.
As for grown-up stuff, the only one I could come up with was this:
* Thérèse Philosophe. This was a forbidden book from eighteenth century France in which the author intersperses sex scenes with extended philosophical dialogs arguing for Deism over Christianity. I know that probably doesn't sound hot at all, yet somehow I found I could really relate to it. Plus it has some surprisingly good scenes. :D