DAY 19 – Book that turned you on


My biggest fear here is that I may come across as a prude. I have never read any Mills and Boon (a fact that I’m proud to admit), Danielle Steel or any other famous romance novel for that matter.

I once attempted to read one of those ‘penny-dreadful’ (my own term) erotic novels only to descend, 5 minutes later, into fits of laughter. Hardly a turn-on.
I’m of the firm belief that when it comes to sex in any art-form, less is more. The less graphic it is, the more exciting it tends to be. The power of suggestion and the power of the imagination are completely underrated, which is why gratuitous scenes in books, debase themselves to farcical proportions with its aim lost to the reader. Unless the reader has no brains or imagination off course.

Written in 1872, Carmilla predates Dracula by 25+ years and is described as the first lesbian vampire story.

Getting back to the topic…

My choice here is based on a memory going back more than 10 years. When I picked up Carmilla, I was very young and this choice is influenced by my initial reaction to reading this novella. I don’t remember the exact details of the story but I do know the gist of it and recollect these two very important facts:
1) I recall admiring Le Fanu’s style of writing and 2) I remember giggling like a virginal school girl who has yet to be given the ‘Birds and Bees’ talk.

As a juvenile-minded young teenager I found certain passages to be highly suggestive. Suggestively lesbian that is. Yes, Carmilla is a vampire whose only victims are young pretty girls. I’m sure Sappho would have loved this book.
Because I read this book so long ago, I wondered if my reaction now as an adult would be the same as back then. Would it still be so hot? Or would it be as erotic as a picture of a puppy?
Unfortunately because I had borrowed this book from the library, I don’t have a copy of my own. Thankfully we have the internet. Searching the net I found this passage:

Sometimes after an hour of apathy, my strange and beautiful companion would take my hand and hold it with a fond pressure, renewed again and again; blushing softly, gazing in my face with languid and burning eyes, and breathing so fast that her dress rose and fell with the tumultuous respiration. It was like the ardour of a lover; it embarrassed me; it was hateful and yet over-powering; and with gloating eyes she drew me to her, and her hot lips travelled along my cheek in kisses…

I can hear a few men screaming “More! More!” Sorry boys that was it.

Okay, so not exactly PG18 material, but it’s still hot in its own way. Or is it? What do you think? Was I being young and naïve back then? Or is this enough to make a straight gal question her sexuality?
Hmmm I wonder……

NM 😀

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4 thoughts on “DAY 19 – Book that turned you on

  1. I don’t think you were naive at all. Even prose that have nothing to do with sexuality on surface level can be sensual and enticing depending on our moods, interpretation, time of the month… In other words, ALL inspiration is positive. 😉

    • Nisha says:

      Hey thats true, I seemed to have forgotten that there are other factors besides age that can influence our interpretation of something. Thanks for that August! 🙂

  2. Viki says:

    Graphic descriptions of sex tend to be more of a turn-off than a turn-on for me. If I can’t use my imagination, can’t visualize the two (or more) people, their surroundings according to my personal desires, it simply doesn’t work. A good writer can fire up the imagination, can make it build that special picture, can make it work. And you don’t need to be an adult to see what is hidden beneath the surface, sometimes it is far better not to think as an adult at all…..

    • Nisha says:

      I feel exactly the same way as you, that is why i cannot understand how people watch porn. I like what you said about how a good writer can fire up the imagination. I’m starting to learn this with regards to my own writing. Never underestimate the power of a reader’s imagination and intelligence! Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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