Sunday, 24 July 2011

HWH Blogfest! My first adult book

The first ‘adult’ book I read was ‘The Story of O.’ I was fourteen, and I bought it in an airport news shop before a trans-Atlantic flight. I was flying with my older brother, who ignored me as much as possible. This make it possible for me to devour 'The Story of O'  from cover to cover.

‘The Story of O’ is about a young woman willing to prove her love for a man by being his sex slave. He trains her to be the sex toy for his discreet men’s club. She is always blindfolded, but is sure she knows when he engages her.

It is acceptable erotica in today’s doors-wide-open world, but back in the ‘60’s, it was billed as taboo.

I learned a lot that flight.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

He's my Guy!

Bollywood movie stars with heavy eye make-up. The rugged Marlboro man. A courier in Louis XIV's court with a white perfumed wig and lace cuffs. An African hunter with intricate body scars made by rubbing wood ashes into knife cuts.

Astrologers and biologists assert subtle, yet powerful, attractions such as compatibility and pheromones. Culture (and advertising agencies) dictate prevailing standards for attractiveness, but I feel the attraction for a hero should be deeper than his skin tone.  My kind of man doesn’t have to have rippled abs or azure eyes.

My eyes might linger on a man with physical beauty, but as soon as he opens his mouth, or fails to hold open the door, I know.

Oh yes, I know.

So what makes a memorable hero? What I find desirable may not be what turns you on, but I like a man who has:

1. intellectual curiosity

2. ethical values

3. above average vocabulary

4. interesting career path

5. honest charm

6. a nice butt

7. lovemaking skills (and the capacity to experiment)

8. dishwashing ability

9. showers regularly

10. kind eyes

What traits do you value in your heroes?