What are your thoughts on erotic fiction?

So… in a nutshell, this past week, I did two things:
– I worked (I work full-time as a sales associate for a Real Estate agency) and
– I devoured the Sinners on Tour series by Olivia Cunning.

And by devoured, I mean devoured. I read the 5 books in a week and they average out at about 400 pages a book. So that’s a lot of reading. A series of books that keeps my attention like that is pretty rare. Almost unheard of, really.

I’d actually read the first two books back in 2012 when I was going through a massive “erotic fiction” binge. At the time, they were the only two that were released, so (as so often happens with series) I read them, and they sat on my shelf until last week, when I decided I’d had enough young adult fiction and needed something different.

Enter the Sinners boys. *sighs happily*

Point being, for those of you looking for something sexy and erotic. I highly recommend this series! Bad-boy rock stars… how can you go wrong with that? I even got my copy signed when Olivia Cunning was offering signed copies.


Finishing this series makes me realise I want to read more intense, erotic books, which is a little odd because I haven’t delved into that genre for a few years.

Does anyone else read (and love) erotic fiction? Any recommendations? Or is it something you avoid?

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40 Responses to What are your thoughts on erotic fiction?

  1. eclecticalli says:

    I’ve read some — lately it’s mostly stuff written by people I know (which, I have to say, is kinda strange to read… but it’s good stuff!)


  2. writergurlny says:

    It depends. Like any book, if it is well written, then yes I enjoy it. But if it is badly written, then I put it down and movie onto something else.


  3. David says:

    She is fast like a race track
    and I am lapping at the fountain!


  4. smcreath says:

    Thanks for the post! I’m definitely going to try and “devour” this series next!


  5. Books like this can be more erotic than some more visual material. Mind since I’m an auld man can’t remember the last time I read any lol.


  6. Liza Barrett says:

    I’m hit or miss with it. I have to be in the right mood to want to read it, and then I’m usually in a mood to devour it, as you did. 🙂


  7. I don’t usually read the genre, but I did this weekend because I was in a writing funk and wanted to read something fun and trashy. I succeeded. I’ll check out your recommendation next time.


  8. I laughed at the “hot ticket” cover, I don’t know why. Since I write fantasy/romance/erotica, it’s not like I have anything against the genre, but I wish that 50 Shades wouldn’t have gotten so popular, because that’s what represents the genre for a lot of people and it’s a terrible book for lots of reasons.
    If you’re looking for something else to read, I can hook you up with a free copy of my new novel if you’d be willing to review it!

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    • jodiellewellyn says:

      I still haven’t read 50 Shades. I don’t think I will.

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    • Lace Winter says:

      I agree that 50SoG is not the best representative for the genre — there is much that is far, far better. Of course, there’s also much that is far, far worse. What 50SoG did do for the genre, however, is bring it into more mainstream visibility, and perhaps even lend a little more “respectability” (or at least make publishers, et al, sit up and notice that there’s a market here), and many erotica and erotic romance authors are experiencing some increased popularity (and hopefully sales) as a result. So, we can hate on the book (I read it some time ago, and the “double craps” got a bit much pretty shortly, lol), but we can still like the ripple effect. 🙂

      Thank you for bringing “Sinners on Tour” to my attention. Six 400-page books in one week?! My gosh, that’s some power reading!


  9. This was a fun post my friend!


  10. T.K. says:

    “There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book. Books are well-written, or badly written. That is all.” – Oscar Wilde

    Good writing is good writing. Enough said. If you gave me erotic fiction with enough intrigue and suspense, with characters I can really side with, I’ll totally welcome it. And seriously, it’s time for a second wave of sexual liberation where we all come clean. Eeeeveryone secretly want to hide under the covers with something like this once in a while!

    I want to read those books now, jeez. But first of all I might need to put those covers in paper bags…

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  11. 80smetalman says:

    I admit that like you, I haven’t read much erotic fiction in a while. However, a few years ago, I wrote an erotic short story that received mixed reviews.


  12. I want plot, strong characters, good to great writing and a reason to read beyond the steamy sex scenes. If a book has all of that, then it’s a must read for me.

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  13. ccasazza says:

    Love it, Jody! I feel like it’s my deep, dark secret. Thanks for having the courage to bring it out into the light. I will check out this series.



  14. pauljgies says:

    I think it’s really hard (!!!) to write erotic fiction. My bias is that the sex can’t be the whole point. “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood is “adult” in the sense that it has explicit sex in it… but you would never read it to get you off. (HA!) Then there’s “The Void Captain’s Tale” by Norman Spinrad, which is definitely sex-positive, well, sort of, but the sex is absolutely necessary for the plot. You would not read either of these for the sex. One probably would not dog-ear the sex scenes even in “Void Captain.” But they’re necessary for the plot.

    The most successful I’ve ever been in writing sex was in “Ryel’s Journey,” which is on WordPress, but even there, with the slutty elf princess Ryel taking advantage of the men she comes across, I stayed away from explicit descriptions. It was enough to say that she was astride her lover. And that from there, she managed to rob him blind.


  15. johnkutensky says:

    I read it sometimes, but it’s not very frequent. I actually tend to read erotic graphic novels more often than just regular erotica. Under another pen name, I’ve written quite a bit of erotica, but for whatever reason, reading it just doesn’t appeal to me as much.


  16. I’m pretty widely read but erotic fiction is one of those genres that I haven’t read much of. My mother left a small collection of books behind when she visited once and I read one of them. I think it was Maeve something. I don’t remember. I didn’t get very far with it. The characters were too flat for my taste. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t some great erotic fiction out there. I just haven’t found it yet. Maybe I’ll give your suggestions a try. Time to put them in the queue.


  17. Ron Seybold says:

    People read books for many reasons. Lots of them just enjoy a good plot. Others get their groove on as they enjoy rich, unique characters, or people and places drawn with superb details.

    Then there are the books that tell stories with subject matter you don’t see elsewhere. There was a time when erotica like Olivia Cunning’s Sinners on Tour books could only be found in adult bookstores. (That’s why they call them bookstores, although many of them don’t sell any printed matter by now.)

    But today we can buy books like the Sinners without even putting on pants, straight off Amazon. The covers really help. But the books’ novelty doesn’t lie in the characterizations, or the plots, or even the subject of erotica. Erotica’s everywhere now, like duckweed.

    If this sentence — “Jessica’s confident smile faded as the grade on her final paper burned its ugly red image into her retina” — doesn’t yank you out of the Dream State of the Story — as John Gardner calls that hypnotic effect — then the Sinners series will give you exactly what you’re seeking.

    There’s two reasons that Olivia was able to write six of these, plus two more in the One Night anthology series, in just four years. The first reason she does eight books in 48 months is that Olivia has great work habits. (If she was on an auto assembly line, she’d never back up the manufacture.) The other reason is that these aren’t complex books. There’s a rule of thumb that says the less time a book takes to write, the less complex (and rich) it reads. Compare Twilight to Harry Potter to see what I mean.

    Good books do need sex and erotica. Sex is a part of who we are. Erotica books must have both sex and love; the rest is often just a setup for those elements. Pornography just needs the sex. That’s why the cover lines in this series promise that you’ll enjoy the love as much as the sex. If you’re reading these on Kindle, get the Kindle Unlimited membership. This Series is among the 600,000 titles in Kindle’s Netflix-of-Books club. Unlimited is a poor deal for bestsellers, for books rich and with high art (Potter), or anything you can check out at your library. But it’s great for titles like these. I’m not sure how Olivia is compensated for getting checkouts from Amazon’s Unlimited library. But it might be better matched to the effort I can see to create a salacious series.


  18. dustomundo says:

    Nope, it goes against everything I believe in to read erotica..


    • Ron Seybold says:

      So just to be clear: did you mean you don’t read erotica, or maybe that reading it this way isn’t what you had in mind, or is it the “read better erotica” aspect that you’re discussing?


  19. I like it, but I find most of the stories are boring or I don’t relate to the characters. If I love the story and characters, bring on the sex! I’m all for it, in all kinds of flavors. I tried writing erotica with my werewolf romance, Worlds Apart. It’s got some steamy sex, but there’s much less of it than I thought there would be when I started writing it. Still, I’d say it has the amount of sex that it needs for the story. Which is kinda the point, right?


  20. Liked Anais Nin as a kid….getting back into it…


  21. lollywrites says:

    I haven’t read any erotic fiction, but you have peaked my curiosity. I don’t think you should avoid reading anything (as an adult) that you enjoy. If it starts making you feel uncomfortable then you will know it is time to avoid it. That is my thoughts.


  22. kevsteph says:

    I’ve written much more erotica than I’ve read.

    It had always been my dream to write an epic poem about my love life. After working on it for twenty years I finally finished. The down side: it ended up being a haiku…missing a few syllables.

    Then I decided to use prose as a vehicle to describe my amorous endeavors. During the course of doing so, I developed my own genre. Again the bad outweighed the good. One reader described it as “Ancient Historical Fiction.”

    I’m not going to write erotica anymore.

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    • Lace Winter says:

      This was brilliant. Now I have an irresistible urge to read that 20-year haiku…

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      • kevsteph says:

        Alright, if you really want to read it, here’s the “twenty year” haiku. Be forewarned: I don’t think it would make the Sinners Boys envious.

        Tears drown the train wreck.
        Ten thousand dollars well spent.
        This sucks.

        It’s a little embarrassing that 17 syllables are too many to describe a lifetime of romantic endeavors. But then again, as writers we’re always talking about the economy of words, right? Yeah, I’ll keep telling myself that.

        At first I thought my poem would be the next “Endymion”. In fact a number of people compared me to Keats at the time I wrote it. The more I think about it, they brought up Keats because he died young. They said something about wishing I could’ve passed on at a similar age; or at least before I wrote this poem.

        I don’t think I’m going to write verse anymore, either.

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      • Lace Winter says:

        If I can stop laughing for just a moment, I may be able to type out a cogent response. It does have quite the Zen quality to it, decades of effort pared down to a few efficient words, a sense of loss, relief, despair, all vying together… much like the human condition.

        Thank you. And I’m glad you didn’t follow Keats’ path, at least with respect to dying young.


      • kevsteph says:

        Thanks for reading, Lace. I appreciate your comments.

        If you think my stuff is interesting, you should see some of the things my ex-girlfriends have written. On second thought, maybe not.

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  23. eric keys says:

    I love erotic fiction. I started out trying to write horror fiction, but I just enjoyed writing – and reading! – erotica so much, that it became my genre of choice. I often write in the sub-genre of erotic horror, but not always.


  24. alexxandriuh says:

    I love romance novels! It’s become my favorite genre, especially if it’s with fantasy. My favorite series is the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. I think you’ll love it.

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  25. nawallovexo says:

    Its a difficult genre. I enjoy reading from it but I don’t particularly like when it’s just about sex sex sex. I prefer them to have some emotion that goes along with it, something that makes the story mean something.


  26. I haven’t read much as far as novels go, but I have read a few stories from LitErotica. I seem to prefer the get-to-the-point boy stuff…

    Oh, and I read Fifty Shades just so I could understand why everyone hated it so much. Now I understand.


  27. b00kreader says:

    So I haven’t read too much in this genere, though a lot of fantasy fiction I read could easily fit in this category (I’m thinking of H.P. Mallory), but I did read A. N. Roquelaure’s Beauty series. If you don’t know this was one of the pseudonyms Anne Rice used in the way back. It was way more unexpected than Fifty Shades if you ask me. Word of caution this is a “retelling” of the Sleeping Beauty story so if you think an errotic version might be upsetting steer clear. Happy reading 😉


  28. RJ says:

    There’s a plethora of amateurish erotica out there, but there also exist high quality writers who celebrate sensuality with literary prowess. I like Erica Jong, for example xample, but there sre also the classic stalwarts such as Anais Ninn and Henry Miller.


  29. Finley Jayne says:

    I went through a phase a couple of years ago where I read a lot of erotica, but then got burned out on the genre, and romance books in general. Now I hardly pick up a romance centered book. I’m sure I’ll come back to it at some point though, since my reading tastes usually recycle lol.


  30. Hi Jodie – Love your blog. I’m new to WordPress both blogging and commenting but am enjoying clicking around and seeing all the various sites. This thread struck me particularly because I was at a writing conference recently and we got to talking about erotic fiction. A coworker mentioned Anne Rice and her Sleeping Beauty trilogy which someone commented on already. In any case, I just finished the first, Claiming Sleeping Beauty, and, whew, it’s definitely something else. I see now why she used a pen name. It’s very much along the lines of 50 Shades, although, of course, much better written. There’s a bit too much spanking for my tastes but it does get ye old juices flowing. I also remember a series of books a few years back that were being published out of London under the Black Lace line. I read a few of those and did enjoy them.


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