And now, Playboy.com seems to be warming up to the subject too (not that they’ve ever lacked any heat over there). It has revealed its first ever ranking of the “25 Sexiest Novels Ever Written,” hoping to arouse—arouse debate!—you people have such dirty minds!—oh alright, among other *ahem* things—between lovers of scintillating literature; also, to promote the sensuality in print. Who said Playboy is only for porn?
We live in a world awash in sexual images. Television. Internet. Movies. MTV. The visual rules. Yet, the sacred combination of ink and paper still has the power to rock your world.
If reading is thinking with someone else’s brain, then erotica is feeling with someone else’s body parts. With that in mind, we set out to find the books that arouse the most. We limited our search to novels (perhaps we’ll tackle memoirs and manuals next), focusing on works of fiction marked by frank language, candor and enthusiasm. Body parts are named and interwoven in ways that arouse, linger and channel your own desires. Some titles were famous for being dirty books for decades, contraband smuggled in from Paris. A few were champions in the courts, books that freed the language. Some tackled taboos. Others showcased attitude—either curiosity or humor or energy. To us, they are the ultimate love stories.
Here’s the top 15 on the list:
1. Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland (1748-49)
2. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence (1928)
3. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller (1934)
4. Story of O by Pauline Reage (1954)
5. Crash by J.G. Ballard (1973)
6. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (1976)
7. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth (1969)
8. The Magus by John Fowles (1965)
9. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (1995)
10. Endless Love by Scott Spencer (1979)
11. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955)
12. Carrie’s Story by Molly Weatherfield (1995)
13. Fear of Flying by Erica Jong (1973)
14. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious (1956)
15. Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille (1928)
Hmmm. So, do you agree with Playboy? What book/s do you think are missing in the list, or those which don’t deserve to be included? Which book/s have you read? And the questions we all want answered: Are these REALLY dirrty? LOL
For the complete list, click here. You can also see the book covers of each novel, read the synopsis, excerpt, and its brief history. Of course, you better come back and tell us what you think, or Trollop will spank you with that long ruler of hers. LOL