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6 Must Read Erotic Novels for Pure Bliss


Amrita Majumdar
Features writer

Erotica is a genre of artistic work that deals fundamentally with sexually stimulating subject or content. The artistic aspirations of erotica differentiates it from commercial pornography or other forms of sexual entertainment.

Erotic novels provide gratification of sexual fantasies through suggestive content, covering intimacy with imagination. Here are our picks:

Fifty Shades Trilogy (E.L. James): Currently a popular favourite, exploring the kinky practices and role playing of BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance and submission). Amidst all the criticism and controversies, the first book in the series (Fifty Shades of Grey), dominated the best seller’s list for quite some time, selling over 125 million copies worldwide as of June 2015.

Tropic of Cancer (Henry Miller): Published first in France, this book was once banned in the US for its portrayal of “candid sexuality”. The book is a first-person account of the author’s sexual encounters in Paris around the 1920s. Not your standard erotic fiction.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover (D.H. Lawrence): Possibly one the first writers to present erotica in print. For the 1928 Europe, this book was an outrage on what was then considered printable words. It was not until 1960 that the unexpurgated version could be published publicly.

A Beautiful Disaster: A Novel (Jamie McGuire): Weaving around a volatile and dysfunctional relationship, and sexual encounters mirroring real life, is what made this novel so popular. A love story fighting against a troubled past and all odds, because you are meant to be together.

Born in Fire (Nora Roberts): This one fulfils many fantasies. The first book from the Concannon Sisters trilogy, revolves around the character of Maggie, a girl living in the Irish Countryside, a trained glass blower with a tormented past. No wonder when Rogan Sweeney, the good-looking owner of Worldwide Galleries, is interested in her work, it turns into more than a business deal.

Bared to You (Sylvia Day): Follows the complicated relationship between lovers Gideon and Eva, both sexual abuse survivors. How they heal each other, find love and establish a healthy relationship is inspiring. Published in 2012, Bared to You topped Penguin UK’s “fastest selling paperback for a decade”.

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