You finished reading all three books in the 50 Shades Of Grey trilogy over one weekend and now as a long holiday weekend approaches, you're wondering what you should download to your Kindle.
There are many, many authors of erotica who are much better at their craft than E.L. James. You'll certainly find what you're looking for if you do a search on Amazon.com. But if you want to become a student of the genre -- you may want to look for a few erotica classics from authors who were writing about dirty sex for a female audience long before Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey were ever born.
Here's a list of five that you might want to try:
The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy
Anne Rice wrote about vampires before it was cool. And she was also writing about sex long before "50 Shades of Grey." Writing under the nom de plume, A. N. Roquelaure, Rice casts a spell on the traditional tale of "Sleeping Beauty. " Her re-telling of the Beauty story probes the unspoken depths of sexual desire in a lush, suggestive tale. You might also want to explore her other book of erotica, "Belinda."
Lady Chatterley's Lover
I had no idea that people in the past had dirty thoughts until I went away to college and was given "Lady Chatterley's Lover" as a reading assignment in an English class. Someone made mention to it being a little racy when they saw it on top of my pile of class books. I didn't think anything of it until I opened it very late one night in order to read it (or at the least skim it and get a "vague" idea of what it was about for class the next morning) and I discovered that it was filthy. Fabulously filthy! I stayed up all night long reading it. And I'm not sure what I said during the discussion in class the next day, but I know that I was prepared.
Lace by Shirley Conran
"Which one of you bitches is my mother?" That memorable line was uttered by Phoebe Cates from underneath a dazzling birdcage veil and pillbox hat -- and dozens of teenage girls were hooked. The book was adapted into an 80s TV miniseries that scored incredibly high ratings -- not only for the glamour portrayed on screen but also the lurid tales of sex that were alluded to in the plot. The book leaves little to the imagination. If your insatiable desire for 80s erotica isn't quenched by reading "Lace" you might want to get a copy of "Scruples" by Judith Krantz. It's what your grandmother read when she was horny.
My Secret Garden
When it was first published in 1973, My Secret Garden created a storm of outrage and exhilaration. Women who read it were astonished to find in its pages the hidden content of their own sexual fantasies. More outspoken, graphic, and taboo-shattering than any book before its time, My Secret Garden quickly became the classic study of female sexuality. This is a classic that shouldn't be missed.
Forever by Judy Blume
If you didn't read Judy Blume when you were in junior high school, I don't know how you made it through puberty. She seemed to have an uncanny ability to understand exactly what was on the mind of a young woman who was trying to deal with all of the changes that were happening in her life. First published in 1975, Forever is about a sexual relationship between two teenagers. Because of the novel's content it's the frequent target of censorship, but even if you ignore the sex scenes, you'll find Blume nails what it's like to fall in love "forever" and then find out that love may not always last that long. It's a great read and book that can be emotional for anyone who was ever a heartbroken teenager.