Thursday, May 18, 2006

The 25 sexiest novels ever written

What is it about the month of May? Is the extreme heat finally getting to people? Last week, there were a series of articles published about the growing demand for sexier, more erotic books. Just the other day, Trollop, like the expert kinky sex-ed profesora that she is, explained all there is to know on cock dumdums the theory behind big cocks, and gave us some spurting of, er, stats LOL. I’m not complaining, really. Lord knows these topics consist of my favorite things in the world: books, cocks, head-banging sex. *g*

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

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25 comment(s):

Blogger Hamish and Leesha said...

I am ashamed to say that I have only read 2 of the Playboy Top 15 - Interview with the Vampire and Lady Chatterleys Lover. I read IWV before I saw the movie and it definitley wasn't a turn on (the movie was... hello Brad Pitt...) and LCL was read in high school, because it was a bit "naughty" and I wanted to be a rebel. Neither book did a lot for me. Sorry!
I think the sexiest books I have ever read (that aren't erotica)were the Outlander series. There is something about the whole travelling through time, doing anything for love, man in kilt, red haired man in kilt, Scottish red haired man in kilt...Sorry, I got sidetracked! love story that does it for me everytime.
I will definitely be searching for the other 13 books though.
If Playboy says their list is the best though....Who am I to argue!!

Leesha

5/18/2006 10:37:00 PM  

Blogger HOTMAMA said...

*sob* I haven't read any!!!

And I am the queen of "sexy, arousing books"! OOps, they have to be romances though ;)

Here's my little list: not in order

PASSION Lisa Valdez
The HIGHLANDER series KMM
All Shannon McKenna books
All Susan Johnson books

Any I shouldn't miss from Playboy's list Harlot?

5/18/2006 11:46:00 PM  

Anonymous allan said...

How come "Lolita" is only number 11? It should be higher on that list.

5/18/2006 11:58:00 PM  

Blogger Harlot said...

HM, i have to say i've only read 6 of these books :S so i'm waiting for recommendations too. ;)

I think in terms of not missing soemthing, i'll say LADY CHATTERLY'S as that is a classic and by DH LAWRENCE to boot. I like DHL and i did like this book, and those who compare it with MADAME BOVARY, imo, are dillusional. Not to mention with ANNA KARENINA! Ack!

One of the most contemporary ones in the list is IN THE CUT. It's a good read. But, please, DO NOT WATCH THE STUPID MOVIE. :S LOL

5/19/2006 12:39:00 AM  

Blogger Serendipity said...

So now, pedophilia is sexy!?

Evidently, this list is compiled by a "literary-type" person who failed to read "real sexy" book!

On the other hand, they might have a different opinion of sexy. So, is "sexy" a personal viewpoint much akin to "eye-of-the-beholder" bullshit?

5/19/2006 04:06:00 AM  

Blogger Vicious Trollop said...

I've only read two of these books *fuck* lol and to think I consider myself a well-read person LOL Lolita sickened me, I found nothing sexy about that old man shagging that promiscour little chit. Interview with the Vampire was good, but nothing compared to the sequel The Vampire Lestat; Now that book I love.

As for the rest, open to any recs :D

Wonder who made this list. I would bet my new (and only LOL) Kate Spade that it wasn't the playboy bunnies. I'm sure the only book they've read -if any- is The Da Vinci Code!

5/19/2006 07:43:00 AM  

Blogger Harlot said...

Oh LOL So true! This list is too "literary" and lacking with real sexy books. :P I think most of them are old books your lit professor would push on you. Like THE STORY OF O.

Never read LOLITA as one of my pet peeves is a man too old shagging a very young girl. :S

Loved Anne Rice's VANMPIRE LESTAT but that's not on the list. I wish it is. It's definitely better than INTERVIEW. But for me, QUEEN OF THE DAMNED is the best in her vampire series. :D

5/19/2006 09:18:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have read "Tropic of Cancer" and found it boring. During the time it was published, maybe the content was utterly shocking, but not anymore. People always rave about how great Miller is and how outstanding his autobiography is. But all I see is an overrated chauvinist pig who's glorified by his hate of women.

5/19/2006 09:46:00 AM  

Anonymous Tisty said...

Like anonymous said, this seems to be more a list of "books that got banned because the were to nauughty." I'm doing better than some though, as I've read three: Fanny Hill, Interview and Lady chaterly.

Rec? Fanny hill: Funny porn written a couple of centrys ago if you should ever need to know what your great-great-great-great-great-grandfathers were wanking over. Lady chat: Great book. Marvellous insight into the social structure of the edwardian (? Can't quite place the time period. Damn fucked memory) England but I wasn't turned on by the humping in the hedgerows. Interview: well it made me cry a lot and Lestat always makes me smile, but turned on? sorry me and dead people just don't date. It's my one bias.

The only other one I have a firm opionion on is lolita: SICK. I saw the movie with Jeremy Irons and while it was a very well done movie with classy preformances, I found the subject matter stomach churning.

I wonder how they got to the final list. was it by popular vote, or three elderly men in mac's?

5/19/2006 04:27:00 PM  

Blogger HOTMAMA said...

Tisty may have it right I think.

First, Playboy is not geared to women. That should say alot right there lol. So when they say "arousing" books, they're probably talking about Porn-type arousing, right Harlot lol. Those supposed arousing stories that Playboy and Hustler puts out are laughable!

Second, are any of the books on the list sexy and arousing? Bec I want to read them :P

5/19/2006 05:20:00 PM  

Anonymous Tisty said...

Maybe there needs to be a bitches top 25 sexist books. sort of a his and hers.

they did that with movies a few years ago didn't they? I'm sure women said the sexist scene in a movie was in Titanic when their humping in a car and a hand slides down a window (aside. Silly bloody movie. The whole fucking boat is going down and I'm shitting myself, then they have to put in the nautical equivalant of chase scene. Pul-ese.)and with men it was some scene from 28 weeks (?) I don't know, but some movie about female submission any way.

Could be interesting to see what the difference in books would be. Lolita probably wouldn't be mention for a start! (ICK)

5/19/2006 06:35:00 PM  

Anonymous Valeen said...

Lord, I haven't read any of them. Hell, I don't even think I've heard of any of them.

But one thing - Judy Blume?? She wrote a sexy book? Hmm, didn't she write teens novels?

5/19/2006 06:44:00 PM  

Blogger Vicious Trollop said...

Titsy great idea babe :D Harlot and I will mull over it and see what we can work out :D Tks

5/19/2006 06:44:00 PM  

Blogger Vicious Trollop said...

I read a book by Judy Blume that had two girls sort of masturbating each other, but they weren't lesbians, just friends. Can't remember the name of it though. I'm hoping that wasn't a teen novel LOL

5/19/2006 06:46:00 PM  

Blogger N.P. said...

i agree with the miller book being sexy but have not read any of the others; that being said, i've seen quite of the movies based on a few of the books. lady chatterley's lover was on cinemax many time when i was a kid (yay! i've aged myself). doubt the movie was based on the book, though.

5/19/2006 10:00:00 PM  

Blogger HOTMAMA said...

Serendipity, "sexy" has to be extremely subjective as in "eye of the beholder"! And isn't there a big difference between what men vs. women consider "sexy and arousing"?

Relate that back to JC and BM writing DON'T LOOK DOWN. Wasn't there some issue there?

5/19/2006 10:24:00 PM  

Blogger nica ha said...

i haven't read any of those either :S but from what everyone's saying not sure i really want to, lol.

yeah unless there's more than one Judy Blume, she wrote a lot of teen novels, coming of age kind of things, didn't she? i think i got one for a present way back and thought it was boring and never finished it, soo i'm doubting it was a sexy novel, lol!

5/20/2006 12:08:00 AM  

Anonymous Tisty said...

I flicked over to the actual sight and read the Judy Blume excert. It was a LOT more racey than I remembered her to be. Gosh, she must have forced her readers to wade through a lot boring shit before she got to the monkey hot sex. That's just a plain mean thing to do to people who have more hormones than brains!

5/20/2006 01:42:00 AM  

Blogger Serendipity said...

Trollop, was it a book by Luanne Rice called Blue Moon?

5/20/2006 02:21:00 AM  

Blogger Vicious Trollop said...

Seren,

I don't think so. Don't recall reading LR. I'm pretty sure it was JB. Something about friends that spend the summer together and wanked each other off in their teens.

I gave the book to my best friend (please you dirty perverts, wasn't trying to hint at anything LOL) so I'll ask if she remembers the name.

5/20/2006 02:31:00 AM  

Blogger Shashi Rajasekaran said...

have read the first two.. and lot more better stuff

5/20/2006 07:15:00 AM  

Blogger Gun_Wielding_Bitch said...

I noticed Interview/Vampire on this list and in this chat. I've seen the movie, I own the book as well as Lestat but I am the type that must own all books in a series before I will start it. (I guess I should start getting the rest, it has been 3 years since I got the first two) Anyway... my point was to ask, when did Interview get sexy? The book has sexy scenes? OK I'm going to the bookstore pronto! Must get rest of series!

5/22/2006 10:12:00 AM  

Blogger Harlot said...

GWB,

I loved this series by Ann Rice and i loved the movie too. (Well, only INTERVIEW. QUEEN OF THE DAMNED movie, ack. Such a shame.)

INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, well at least for me, is NOT a sexy book. But there are many sexual themes in it. It's sensual and shocking, it's creepy, it's mesmerizing. You cannot help but be sucked (no pun intended) in the world Ann Rice created. It's about the evilness of the world and what it does to us.

I read VAMPIRE LESTAT first so i love that one. But many people say that INTERVIEW is the best in the series. My favorite though is QUEEN OF THE DAMNED because of all the myth and history that surrounded the book. :)

5/22/2006 12:26:00 PM  

Anonymous Lacy said...

Ah, I have read Forever, by Judy Blume. I was in middle school when I read it (13ish?). It's definitely not "Are You There God, it's Me, Margaret." It's about a high schooler (senior I think) getting a boyfriend, and the relationship eventually becoming sexual. It's pretty explicit, but not in a gratuitous manner--but I remember finding it pretty hot. :-) It's very much more explicit than her young-teen books, and I definitely remember friends whose parents wouldn't let them read it (despite the pretty accurate depiction of young love, both emotional and sexual).

5/25/2006 05:27:00 PM  

Blogger Vivi Anna said...

Judy Blume also wrote Wifey, which is pretty hot..

I haven't read any of these books....don't like Anne Rice's writing at all...

These might ahve been sexy ten years ago, but now there are so many more sexy books...just go to your erotica section in any bookstore and you'll find lots of great books by Emma Holly, Portia de Costa, or in the romance section where you can find books in the new Aphrodisia line from Kensington...which yes, I am an author of...

6/05/2006 07:24:00 PM