When someone markets a product they created, that person has to consider why the consumer wants that product. As I’m an erotica author, I asked myself recently why I enjoy reading erotica. At first, I wasn’t quite sure. I know that I do, but putting a finger on why turned out to be more difficult than I thought.
Of course, there is the obvious. It’s hot. It perks up my day (quite literally), especially when I need to blow off some pressure, or I just got done with a disappointing date. But is that enough?
Sure. For a lot of people, that is perfectly suitable for them, but I wanted to dig deeper. Why else do I enjoy reading tantalizing stories about two people (or sometimes more) going at it? I came to another layer of the conclusion, which is that I enjoy reading what I’m not supposed to. When someone tells me that I’m not supposed to enjoy something, it only makes me want to enjoy it more.
To use a broad societal brush, it’s still somewhat of a taboo for women to enjoy reading sensual stories, especially when you get into certain subject matters. In some circles, I’m not supposed to enjoy reading about when a woman cheats on her husband with the pool boy, or a woman tries a threesome for the first time. But I do. Oh, I do. In part because I’m not “supposed to.”
So there you have it. I’m not sure if you consider that ultra deep or not, but there it is.
Why do you, dear reader, enjoy reading erotica?