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March 27th, 2012 by Sasha White
BDSM fiction

There’s been a lot of talk about BDSM in fiction lately so I thought I’d talk a bit about writing it. I think the most important thing for readers, and writers, of fiction with BDSM elements in it is to remember is there’s one undeniable truth about BDSM – there is no real standard. Each relationship is different, and there are all levels. Which means, when you reach for a BDSM book, you can get something that only contains a few ‘play’ elements, or something that is full on lifestyle, or S & M. Just because two books fall under the BDSM label does not make them even close to the same. Just like not all paranormal romances have Vampires, or Werewolves, some have psychics, some have witches or fey. The big difference here is that when If you buy a paranormal a romance you usually have abetter idea of what you’re getting buy reading the blurb. With BDSM, it can be a bit harder to discern that way because many of the differences within the genre can be subtle.

Example: My first novel BOUND has what I call BDSM elements. The heroine has fantasies about being dominated by the sexy security guard she works with, but it’s fantasy. However, as the two get closer, she finds herself really enjoying the whole submission thing. That story is written in the POV of a non-lifestyle character. WICKED is about Karl, who is a lifestyle Dominant. Some people would automatically think that means there’s plenty of whips and chains and bondage in this story, but thats not true. There is some, but Karl calls himself a “gentle Dom” and the story reflects that. He’s not a sadist- although he will deliver a blistering spanking if he thinks his girl deserves it- he just enjoys controlling, and caring, for his women. Two different levels of BDSM fiction.

For more insight into the various levels of some great BDSM fiction, look back to Eve Berlin’s Guest post here at Genreality (Not sure what happened to her cover images)

Cherise Sinclair writes some great BDSM fiction stores. The Masters OF Shadowlands stories are all set around and mostly take place with in a club atmosphere, and there’s some very well done kink scenes. Personally I’ve never thought any sort of ‘puppy play’ could ever be erotic, but she managed to do that in one of her stories (I think it was Make Me, Sir)

Joey Hill’s Nature of Desire series is unparalleled -in my opinion- when it comes to male submission. Give Natural law a try, and you’ll be hooked. Now, beyond the kink factors of these stories, (or the plots) the differences are also about what is more true-to-life. Joey Hill’s stories are fiction. but when you read then, there’s a realism, an honesty, to them that shows some true varieties of the lifestyle and BDSM. My own BDSM stories lean toward realistic as well, but the elements tend to be lighter than hers. Cherise Sinclair’s books are a bit more fantasy-ish. Her doom’s seem to be a bit too-good-to-be-true, and almost psychic in the way they read their subs. However, she is clear to state at the start of each book that the stories are romantic fantasies, and encourages people to remember that in real life, Safe, Sane and Consensual is a must, and that communication is key. These are just some examples of the variety that’s out there.

Personally, I enjoy BDSM fiction. I enjoy writing it, and I enjoy reading it. I love it because there are so many levels, and varieties, but also because really good BDSM fiction is not just about the sex, or the kink. It’s about the mind, and the emotional journey of the characters involved, and to me, thats what all good erotic fiction is about.

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3 comments to “BDSM fiction”

  1. John Young
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     · March 27th, 2012 at 11:51 pm · Link

    Interesting Post and was informative.

    I have honestly never (intentonally) read any BSDM book or Erotic stories. I’m a tried and true Sci-Fi/Fantasy reader with a bit of Paranormal thrown in for good measure (Dresden Files anyone?). I rarely deviate from that much to other readers dismay.

    However, recently I stumbled upon several books by Kaitlyn O’Connor that were part of a series titled Cyberevolution. The cover of the first (and its the only one I looked at the cover for) looked very much like something fantasy and a skim over the description showed me ‘cyborg’ so a little Sci-Fi mixed in.

    Boy was I in for a shock when the first intimate scene reared its head. The story was good and I kept on reading and before you know it I had finished all 4 of the books. It was very good with some BDSM traits mixed in. I can honestly say I enjoyed it and being a ‘guy’ that ‘to me’ was remarkable.

    Not to say I havn’t written a fansub in that genre myself of course. ‘Once’ :roll:



  2. Sasha White
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     · March 28th, 2012 at 1:39 am · Link

    Hi John, I think thats how many people discover the sub-genre….when they pick up a book that has elements, and get hooked. I love hearing about it. ..and that you’ve written a bit yourself once…maybe you’ll do so again sometime.



  3. John Young
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     · March 28th, 2012 at 1:57 am · Link

    Sent you an email with the link to that very story. If you have time tell me what you think. :smile: (I wasn’t sure if I could post something like that in the reply box.)



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