Erotica is read by women all around the world, and has been part of human sexuality for centuries. From the first cave paintings to the kindle craze of Fifty Shades of Grey, human beings have used the technology available to them to express and explore sexuality.
The best erotica is often based in fantasy, and transports the reader to a new world where anything is possible. Fantasy is an essential part of human sexuality, allowing us the freedom and catharsis to explore and be aroused by situations we would never want in our real lived lives. This need for fantasy extends way beyond sex – think about how many of your favorite books, movies and shows are fantasies at heart!
People who love action movies or superheroes don’t problematize their interest in the fantasy world. Yet somehow we give ourselves permission to watch action movies and enjoy the car chases and explosions, but when we read erotic fantasies many of us are worried about being aroused by fantasies – even though we wouldn’t want to be on a pirate ship in real life any more than we’d want to be in a high speed car chase. The idea of it is exciting, the reality might be devastating. Fantasy gives us this alternate reality where anything is possible, there are no limits and we are free to imagine and be aroused by our creative visions.
Compilations of short stories are useful because they allow you to sample a wide range of voices, scenarios and characters without the time investment of a whole novel. Many women report, however, that they enjoy going on a journey with the main character of erotica, and find short stories limited in the emotional intimacy department. Do you prefer long epic trilogies or quickie short stories? Let us know in the comments.
Here is some of our favorite erotica for women. Know about great books you want to share? Let us know in the comments or get in touch privately!
Best Erotica Series for Women
The Sleeping Beauty Series by Anne Rice writing as A.N. Roquelaure (The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty’s Punishment and Beauty’s Release)
The Fifty Shades Series by E.L. James (Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed)
Best Erotica Books for Women
The Story of O by Pauline Reage (a classic, almost old-fashioned, which only adds to the charm!)
Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin (also be sure to read her diaries, for a complete training in sensual and passionate living!)
Spring Into Summer by Eden Baylee (four short erotica novellas from one of the best contemporary erotic fiction authors)
Best Erotica Short Stories for Women
The Best Women’s Erotica Series Edited by Violet Blue
Best Sex Writing 2012: The State of Today’s Sexual Culture Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel and Susie Bright
Five Minute Erotica Edited by Carol Queen
Macho Sluts by Pat Califia (A classic in the field, featuring very heavy lesbian bdsm!)
Gay Erotica? Fireman Erotica? Fetish Erotica? Cleis Press has you covered with a “Best Of” anthology covering a big range of interests!
On Our Nightstand To Read:
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
We’d love to hear your votes for the best erotica for women – be in touch with your recommendations!