My erotica series The Diaries of Wanda Casey of which there are two installments, feature sexual situations in which the participants almost always use condoms. This adds a layer of realism and “safety” which for some people may be more erotic than the “dangerous” and more “fantasy-like” elements of unprotected sex. Then again, maybe not. Maybe the reader is not expecting any sort of conscience.
A review from a purchaser on Smashwords raised an interesting question or two. What are you expecting out of an erotic story? Would you rather have the story more realistic (i.e. it could actually happen) or more “reckless”? Do you think it differs based on what gender you are? Or is it just a personal choice? Do you want the same from your erotica as you do from your real world sex life?
Here is the review (they gave the book 3/5 stars):
I always expect to like a book I buy – otherwise why buy it? So I looked forward to reading this story and its companion, ‘Savage Loving’. Sadly I lost interest at the first mention of the word ‘condom’.
Condoms are not erotic. They prevent unwanted pregnancies and STDs, neither of which has a place in erotica and represent ‘real life’ which erotica usually isn’t. They contain the imagination every bit as effectively as they insulate cocks and a story that includes them is like eating candy with the wrapper on.
I really wish Misty Rampart well and hope her books sell. But the headings ‘Men’s Erotica’ and ‘Menage/Multiple Partners’ when used on Smashwords as opposed to dear old Amazon.com doesn’t include condoms.
It does not say anything about the quality of the writing, which is kind of sad, but perhaps that’s what got me 3/5 stars. Hey, I’ll take it!
We’d love to hear your opinions!