Word Porn has listed seven steamy erotic scenes from classic literature that attempts to remove the stigma that the classics are stuffy, boring and so completely devoid of even the merest hint of erotica. Anyone who has read a classic will obviously know how wrong that is.
Dracula is the only one of that list that I have read and consequently it is my favourite. It’s not difficult to see why it is a lot of people’s favourite either!
The girl went on her knees, and bent over me … Lower and lower went her head as the lips went below the range of my mouth and chin and seemed about to fasten on my throat … the skin of my throat began to tingle … I could feel the soft, shivering touch of the lips on the super-sensitive skin of my throat, and the hard dents of two sharp teeth, just touching and pausing there. I closed my eyes in a languorous ecstasy and waited—waited with beating heart.
Ok so get me a cold shower already!
This is an incredibly well-written passage regardless of content. We are fully aware of what Jonathan is feeling, he is lying there and gets the full sensation of the teeth irritating the nerves on the skin of his throat, her ice-cold lips, the teeth press in and he feels his pulse start to race. This for me is what makes a scene truly erotic – the detail, what the character is feeling, the sensations… how the body is reacting.
A sex scene can be very un-sexy, they can because they have “awards” for them now to highlight just how bad some can be. Anyway, I have written about what makes a good or a bad sex scene before so please look at the following links.
Read my previous posts on sex scenes
Thoughts on writing sex scenes
Discussing writing my first sex scene
Protected Post – a sex scene (password required – details are on the post the day before that post, and on the Facebook page)