There are people who feel like hurling at the mere sound of “50 Shades of Grey” and there are plenty of reasons why they’re entitled to do so. For many, this book tried so much to be erotic that it ended up being gross and not at all enticing. Not to mention the completely wrong portrayal of what BDSM is. Obviously, there are hundreds of erotica novels that are worth every penny, since they have a consistent plot all throughout and know what erotica readers are looking for. But’s take a look at the 5.
Philip Roth’s Sabbath Theater
The Sabbath Theater is as morbid as it is erotic. It tells the story of Mickey Sabbath, who is basically a Bukowski, in that he takes pleasure in sleeping with all sorts of ladies of the night. After Drenka, his partner, kicks the bucket, Sabbath spirals in depression and often thinks of Drenka in order to get the sexual thrill he’s enslaved to.
Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body
Written on the body is widely considered to be Winterson’s opus magnum. The book’s about the infatuation of the narrator (we’re not told whether the narrator’s a female or a male) with numerous paramours. The novel is shocking in its honesty and analysis of what sexuality actually is and how sex is indeed the life drive.
Alan’s Moore Lost Girls
Lost Girls is a graphic novel that puts famous characters from fairytales in a sexual vortex. There are 3 volumes, each hotter than the other. It’s somewhat controversial, but all good books are. If you like to experience an erotica novel visually, Lost Girls is definitely worth your attention.
Masoch’s Venus in Furs
Venus in Furs is one of those books that you’ll always remember. If you’re into kinky stuff with a drop of masochism, Venus in Furs will make all the right spots tingle. If you’re not into such practices, you might want to skip this one. It’s certainly not for everybody. The book’s about a dude that likes rough sex.
A.N. Roquelaure’s The Sleeping Beauty Quartet
In case you didn’t know, A.N. Roquelaure is the pseudonym of Anne Rice, the author that gained popularity with her vampire novels. The books feature some really hardcore porn and break a lot of boundaries. The quartet was and still is a hit and is a go-to for many people who have no one to cuddle with before going to sleep. If you love the blend of sensual erotica with a fairytale setting, The Sleeping Beauty Quartet is a must-read.
The seekers of literary erotic thrills have as many options as those who are into non-fiction. For some reason or another, erotica is still very much anathematised and badmouthed. We agree that badly written erotica deserves such backlash, but we’re totally against those who have a bone to pick with sensual, vivid literature that many of us enjoy before turning off the lights and going to sleep. We hope you’ll enjoy these books as much as we did!