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Today, let’s take a giant leap from the chaperoned ladies of leisure to the erotic world of BDSM; male Dominants and their female submissives. The interactions and behavior permitted by the social rules of Victorian and Regency society is replaced by very different ones between billionaires and the women they choose. Much erotica portrays a very different kind of domination than Gothic Historicals, discussed last week, where men dominated because, among other things, they supplied and controlled money and power. Erotic novels often refers to sexual domination, submission, and control. Yet in these novels power is not in the hands of men; women actually hold it, even if it does not seem so on the surface. Females determine the course of the relationship; they must agree to what happens and what they desire is paramount.

Jane Eyre’s love for Mr. Rochester broke through social and class barriers whereas the BDSM relationship breaks through economic barriers. Mr. Rochester attempts to decimate the social rules and conventions of the time by the “indecency” of attempting bigamy and to make Jane his mistress. How the years have changed! Today’s erotic novels do not focus on the “morality” of a BDSM relationship.

In both cases, heroines are generally innocent. Did Rochester objectify Jane? Critics of erotica might claim that the male protagonist objectifies the female. The sexual tension pervading Jane Eyre also does so, to a greater extent, in today ‘s Erotic novels. Many such books are part of trilogies. If you enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey you might like :

E.L. James, Next two books in the trilogy: Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed

Crossfire series, Sylvia Day:
Bared to You, Reflected in You, Entwined with You, Captivated by You
Forthcoming: One with You

Breathless series, Maya Banks: Rush, Fever, Burn

Julie Kenner: Release Me, Claim Me, Complete Me > Take Me, Tame Me
Wanted, Heated, Ignited

Also, check out all the books in the Because You Are Mine series by Beth Kery, and the Beautiful series by Christina Lauren (some heroines more innocent than others).

Banks, M. (2013). Burn. New York: Berkley Books
Banks, M. (2013). Fever. New York: Berkley Books
Banks, M. (2013). Rush. New York: Berkley Books
Bronte, C. (1847). Jane Eyre. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
Day, S. (2012). Bared to You. New York: Berkley Books
Day, S. (2014). Captivated by You. New York: Berkley Books
Day, S. (2013). Entwined with You. New York: Berkley Books
Day, S. (2012). Reflected in You. New York: Berkley Books
James, E.L. (2012). Fifty Shades of Grey. New York:,Vintage Books
James, E.L. (2012). Fifty Shades Darker. New York: Vintage Books
James, E.L. (2012). Fifty Shades Freed. New York: Vintage Books
Kenner, J. (2013). Claim Me. New York: Bantam
Kenner, J. (2013). Complete Me. New York: Bantam
Kenner, J. (2014). Heated. New York: Bantam
Kenner, J. (2014). Ignited. New York: Bantam
Kenner, J. (2012). Release Me. New York: Bantam
Kenner, J. (2013). Take Me. New York: Bantam
Kenner, J. (2014). Tame Me. Evil Eye Concepts
Kenner, J. (2014). Wanted. New York: Bantam

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