Today, I have the pleasure of hosting Synful Desire and Adonis on my blog as part of their blog tour. Their new releases Simmer: Smoothe & Sweet and H.E.R. (Handy: Extended Release) will be out soon and if you’re a fan of romance I suggest you check out their books.
For their guest post, Desire and Adonis will be talking about trends in the erotic genre. There is adult material in their posts and it’s not suited for all audiences, so please be advised.
Without further ado, I give you Synful Desire and Adonis Mann.
Desire:Hi Miss Carol! Thanks for having us on your blog. Your color scheme is interesting … to say the least. What do you think Donny dear?
Adonis:Hello Carol. Thank you for having me here. It’s wonderful to take a spin around your blog, as I believe it is my first visit.
Desire:From what I hear, you are one who writes romance with a bit of drama. Both Simmer: Smoothe& Sweet and H.E.R. (Handy: Extended Release) definitely deliver plenty of that. Now, Donny and I could have easily just dropped off the videos (which I think we will do anyway because they are the #Hotness), put in an excerpt and have been on our way.
However, we want to do something different.
Since he and I both write LGBT type works, focusing on erotica, we would like to share some current trends that quite frankly, make my hairs frizz and Donny cringe.
I. Limited Vocabulary for Luscious Locations
Desire:One of my top peeves is how … should we say … limited the vocabulary is for the male and female genitalia. I mean, if I see one more “cunt”, “lovebox”, and “snatch” I’m going to throw a stiletto! There is nothing box like about my v-jay jay, if you get what I mean. Why can’t people come up with words that make my body automatically want to prepare for seduction instead of make me want to just run for the heels? Yet, no sexual preference is immune to this mediocrity and it is a travesty!
Adonis:Personally, if I see the words “cock” or “dick” one more time, I’m going to throw my Kindle out the window … or perhaps not, it cost me a lot of money. There is nothing more repugnant about reprehensible and vulgar language in a written work of art. Perhaps it is my sapiosexual nature, but what turns me on is a sensual stream of verbiage that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand. There’s nothing sexy about a “cock”, for it makes me think of a rooster. And the word “dick” derives from a nickname as well as a whale. How is that attractive at all?
II. Attractiveness is NOT a Dictatorship
Desire:Speaking of attractiveness, I am a believer that “attractive” is in the eye of the beholder. When I put myself in the role of a reader, I don’t want the author to dictate to me that a certain body type, skin tone, hair style, etc. is sexy. Simply put, although I know the trend is to put one’s definition of hot bodies on the cover of works, I do not like it because it takes away my ability to imagine what the person looks like. What if I don’t like a man who has a lot of tattoos or piercings, yet a cover of a pierced tattooed man is all in my face? What if a woman with long weave is a turn off, yet a cover has weave, glorious weave? It just douses out the fantasy before it even begins, for the author’s fantasy of sexy may not necessarily be the reader’s fantasy of sexy.
Adonis:For me, there is nothing sexier than the sensual and whimsical nature of the imagination. To give something a brand is to take away the freedom of the mind’s eye. Words create images, and in everyone’s mind, the image differs. What may be sexy to me may not be to my neighbor. Therefore, using the magnificence of diction is like using paint on a canvas.
III. Embellishment in “Now Play” instead of Foreplay
Desire:Donny, it is funny that you should speak of painting a canvas. Art can be depicted in many ways, yet more often than not, sex is written about in the same style, particularly in the LGBT community. Allow me a bit of digression, if you will.
- One person is at (pick a location)
- A person in the background catches said person’s eye.
- Unspoken glances and/or little if any meaningful dialogue.
- Location shifts to where one-on-one action can be facilitated
- Action begins, going directly for oral, anal or vaginal stimulation or penetration
- The End
Yawn … yawn … yawn.
Where is the foreplay? Where is the buildup? Where is the opportunity to create something different from just “meet, greet, and fuck” type situations?
It’s like writers, even those in the LGBT community, are playing to the stereotypes associated with us—that we are horny and sex crazed most of the time, and we don’t have moments where there is behavior like normal, everyday couples. The biggest argument I hear is that no reader wants to read about “everyday activities”, yet it takes away the possibility that there is more than one type of reader out there. Also, why can’t everyday activities be something worth reading about? They can be, if the right diction is used to supercharge the imagination.
Adonis:Desire, I believe that the problem is that people are in a rush to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop. It seems as though foreplay has been lost and replaced with “now play”. The word “foreplay” implies that there is interaction before satisfaction. Yet society is too fixated on satisfaction first and interaction later. This provides absolutely NO realism to a story and in turn, does not give the reader the sensation that said things could be possible.
If I were in a rush to get to the action, I would just watch a cheap porn flick. There’s nothing more exhilarating than the thrill of the hunt.
Desire: This has been enjoyable but we must be going. A bit of food at our favorite café, and then to do some much needed shopping!
Adonis: Desire, it’s your turn to choose the nail polish color. Farewell, dear Carol.