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Erotic Reading from Bodice-rippers to Erotica
Erotic Reading from Bodice-rippers to Erotica

by Katie Throckmorton


That’s what my male friends call it, the stack of trashy romance novels sitting next to my bed.  The bodice-rippers and happily-ever-after tales of girl-meets-boy that you can pick up for less than $5 at any place books are sold. 


There are several different publishers of these titles, countless different genres and multiple imprints of each, ranging from the very tame – “And then they kissed” – to the deliciously detailed – well, you get the idea.  I started reading these little slices of heaven when I was in high school, my friend and I “borrowing” them from her mother’s stash and flipping through until we found the good parts. 


Later I began to enjoy the whole love story, and at 180 pages a pop, they’re an almost guiltless indulgence.  I also, however, discovered that there were books classified as “erotica”, stories that existed solely to be about sex, and were never tame.  You can find a shelf of erotica in even the biggest bookstore chains, a single shelf, in the back usually.   As if it were something to be ashamed of.  Poor souls – they’re missing out.


When the boys call it GirlPorn, they’re hitting on something deeper than they realize.  For far from the leave-nothing-to-the-imagination videos that most men prefer, (and let’s be honest, aren’t always that bad), erotic literature suits women much better than men.  We’re not the highly visual creatures that men are, we’re thinkers: yes, give us the steamy sex scenes, but also the details behind it – what’s their relationship?  Is it love, or a one-night stand?  Erotic books provide these details while also letting us flesh out our own, as do any good books.  If we prefer our male leads to be brunette with bulging biceps, then they can be when we’re reading them.  In a film, the choice has been made for us.


Erotic-lit can be lingered over, enjoyed over the course of several nights, or, like I did, skipped to the good bits first.  And because there are so many genres, it’s a breeze to find one you’re in the mood for – historical, mystery, lots of sex, more romance, super kinky, or extra vanilla. 


The boys may laugh, but start out your next evening get-together with a little out-loud reading. Set the mood with candles and low lighting, your sexiest lingerie, and snuggle up on the couch/bed/kitchen counter.  Pick a juicy scene in one of your favorite books and start reading it to him.  The naughty words coming from your mouth will make him forget he once laughed at your bedside collection.


copyright 2007 www.ScarletGirl.com

Katie Throckmorton is an author and romance consultant who has been one of Scarlet’s girls since May 2007, and is loving it more every day! The products are fun and classy, and she is excited to share them all with the women she knows and meets through Scarlet Girl. She is also a regular contributor to Scarlet’s Letter and the archive of articles at www.scarletgirl.com.

Katie’s favorite items – at the moment – are Jenna’s Velvet Jewels in pink, the Jack Rabbit Vibe (always a classic!), and the Hot and Heavenly Massage Oils. Katie is always booking shows in the San Jose, CA area, but is also willing to travel up the peninsula and to the East Bay, and even San Francisco if she is needed there.

This article was added to our catalog on Tuesday 25 September, 2007.

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