Erotic literary novels
If Fifty Shades of Grey has proven anything, it's that flipping through several hundred pages of NSFW prose is fun and nothing to be embarrassed about. So, please come no pun intended with us into a whole new world of books with stunning sex. Erotica often gets labeled a "guilty pleasure," and while yes—there are many campy books to read, some of which are on this list—plenty of erotica overlaps with genre and literary fiction. In other words, it's fun, it's sexy, and it can be prestigious. Here are several books to get you started.
29 Legitimately Good Erotic Novels You Must Read
Christopher Hart's top 10 erotica books | Books | The Guardian
No matter how you feel about Fifty Shades of Grey as a book or film, its meteoric rise in popularity has put the spotlight on a frequently misunderstood and underappreciated genre of pop culture that deserves the attention: erotic fiction. The common misconception about the genre is assuming the word "erotic" immediately translates to smut or filth or straight-up pornography. People seem to forget that erotic is a blanket term for anything that turns us on sexually, and the beauty of turn-ons is that they're different for everyone. Same goes for the world of erotic fiction. Not every erotic novel revolves around BDSM, billionaires, and mousy brunettes, but the most popular titles do have one thing in common: a great love story.
Christopher Hart's top 10 erotica books
What do you know about erotica? The erotica category covers all kinds of books, including both nonfiction and erotic fiction where sex is described explicitly on the page. It can be romantic sex, or just scratching an itch. It can be a fantasy, or taboo.
This article appears in the March '17 issue of Esquire. Sex in fiction, like sex on a beach, ought to be a no-brainer. On the one hand, there's, well, sex, a source of mystifying pleasure and profundity that for most people rarely elicits any articulation other than a contented grunt, groan, or gasp. On the other hand, there's the novel, an artistic enterprise devoted to making verbal sense of mute experience. In theory, the setup seems the perfect illustration of the Reese's principle: two great tastes that taste great together.