50 Books Even Sexier Than 50 Shades of Gray: And Counterpoint: An Interactive Family Saga made the list!
Up until middle school, the closest I had ever gotten toward reading about sex was Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. But
while I loved Judy Blume’s coming of age story, without the
aforementioned words “throbbing,” “pulsating,” and “quivering,” it left
me a little dry.
And so, when I found a (very) well-worn copy of Flowers in the Attic
behind the bleachers at Marvista Park, the scene where Chris and Cathy
are thrashing together on the mat in the attic made me “quiver.” I felt
my loins start to “pulsate.” There was a “throbbing,” ache deep deep
deep in my… you get the idea. It wasn’t just the sex. It was the twisted
taboo that tethered the erotic moments to the narrative. (Sorry. Comp
Lit Nerd Alert.) Anyway. Suffice it to say, by the end of 8th grade, my
copy of Flowers in the Attic had been read so often the pages were kind of moldy.
In high school, I got off on Candide. By Voltaire. And no, not the torture scene (although after reading 50 Shades,
maybe I should revisit that). But there’s this one part in the
beginning where Pangloss is hooking up with the chamber maid, and… you
know what? Just download it. Read it now, thank me later.
In college, James Patterson did it for me. Set against a backdrop of
suspicion and intrigue, Detective Alex Cross would have a star-crossed
roll in the hay. Until it turned out that his lover was the next victim.
Or the killer.
So 50 Shades just pales in comparison.
I guess it’s because I like books where the erotic elements shock
you–I like books that are greater than the sum of their sex scenes. I
like when there’s a narrative arc that matters–whether it’s coming of
age, or escaping captivity, or trying to catch a killer who ends up
seducing you, I am sucked into the plot. And the sex scenes in these
books come almost out of nowhere. They take you from behind. You’re
wanting it–hell, you’re practically aching for it–but you don’t know when it’s coming for you.
It’s a great escape.
Read the entire thing at: http://www.kveller.com/blog/parenting/fifty-books-even-sexier-than-50-shades-of-grey/