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BDSM and Lesbian Erotica: An Overview

Updated: Aug 19

What’s all about the rise of BDSM Erotic Stories? And why everybody should read Lesbian Erotic Stories!


Have you ever thought about reading a BDSM or Lesbian Erotic Fiction Story, but don't you know what the main features of these genres are?

We give you the answers. Learn in this article about the rise of the BDSM and Lesbian genres and everything you need to know to choose the right book for you.


What's all about the BDSM and Lesbian Erotic Romance Hype


When it comes to Erotic Romance Books few sub-genres have risen faster than BDSM Erotica and anything to do with the LGBTQ+ community. Also Reverse harems, harems, menage a trois and everything in between have soared to the forefront. Society begins to embrace the destruction of societal norms that push people to the edge.

To include everyone under the same umbrella of equal behavior is not the main goal anymore.

Isn't it great that nowadays personal preferences, may they also be rather different from the mainstream, are widely accepted? Naturally only as long as everything what happens has the consenus of all involved...

Lesbian Couple hugging each other

On the other hand, the sub-genre of Lesbian Erotic Stories has always been a fan-favorite. But to be honest, usually more in the pornography industry rather than novels and stories of fiction. But hey, what do you think how many men and even some straight women would turn down the chance to watch any girl-on-girl action. Am I right ladies and gentlemen? However, the broader the net of acceptance goes, the faster stories like this have become mainstream. Instead of being cast off to the fringes of desirable literature they have deservedly become an established part of Erotica. Or in other words: What used to be called smut has now become mainstream erotic literature.


Sub-genres, however, can be a bit confusing. Especially when you start talking about how to separate or distinguish them. They often overlap and one cannot put each book clearly into one specific genre (yes, the question is how relevant this is...). However, as we would like to give you a clear picture and also well-fitting reading recommendations, we’ll keep BDSM Erotica and Lesbian Erotica separate and discuss the nuances of each sub-genre and why it appeals to its audience. But of course: in the end, a good book is a good book!


Lesbian Erotic Stories: Girl on Girl Goes Mainstream


As the name suggests these are romantic and sexually intimate stories of a relationship between two (or even more) women. This isn’t the same as a Transgender Erotic Romance where one character has transitioned from male to female, although there are some similarities. No, a lesbian romance is strictly between natural-born women. And, of course, in order to be an erotic story, they need to enter a sexual and otherwise intimate relationship with each other. But for us it is important that the story is not only about sex but shares the dynamics of that relationship. We want to have heroines which embrace their sexuality but still have some conflicts or tensions to overcome. So for us it has to have more aspects than just be a lesbian sex story.

Therefore, like all Erotic Romance Stories, the key elements are the same.

  • Introduction of main protagonist characters - Typically the main protagonists are introduced within the first two chapters of a book. This applies especially if that book is broken down by character point of view per chapter.

  • Chemistry - Most Erotic Romance Short Stories and novels will start moving the main characters toward each other by the third chapter, having some sort of introduction (good or bad, depending on other aspects of the story) between them.

  • Conflict/Tension - all good stories need some sort of conflict. Either the lovers are struggling with the idea of being together, struggling against outside forces trying to keep them apart or face some other sort of conflict. The story is all about how they can overcome this conflict for their relationship to move forward.

  • Conflict Resolution - This too is a normal story arc for any story that runs a full circle. In this genre, this could include parents coming around to the idea that their child is in a relationship with someone of the same sex. Or perhaps it’s the moment someone comes out to a friend or updates their social media to show their lesbian relationship status. It could also be something all couples face: a crisis that isn’t entangled in their relationships as a same sex couple.

Regardless of the conflict or the way it comes to a resolution: the main objective of a Lesbian Erotic Story is to entice the reader to be as engrossed by an intimate relationship between two women as for every other love story.

We have to thank the writers and authors of LGBTQ+ stories in general of what they accomplished in the last decade. This is to normalize sexual contact between a couple in literature no matter of their gender or physical features. So we think that Lesbian Erotica also gives a voice to those who have been marginalized for too long.


If you’re interested in this sub-genre or don’t know where to start for a good read, you can pick up Next in Line for Love by Harper Bliss. It’s a power exchange romance about a young heiress “Ali” Lennox who’s called home. There she runs headlong into Jill Gold, the woman who’s vying to take her place and lead Mr. Lennox’s company.


Another great example is Mouth to Mouth by Cara Malone. It is a sweet and high-heat medical romance story. Sarah is a first responder, paramedic who’s had a crush on Veronica for years now. Veronica is a dedicated ER nurse who steers clear of mixing business and pleasure. But only until Sarah’s body simply can’t take anymore, and she ends up fainting in Veronica’s arms. These two will have to learn to speak the same language if love is going to bloom in this medical romance.


Erotic BDSM Stories: How BDSM became Mainstream


As we said before the main elements of what makes any Erotic Romance Story great are the same no matter what sub-genre you’re discussing. That's no different in the BDSM genre.

But this genre needed a "breakthrough book" in order to leave dark corner of "smut" and get widely accepted.

I'm sure by now you know which one we're talking about, right?


When 50 Shades of Grey, probably the first BDSM Erotic Story which made it mainstream, appeared on bookshelves there were huge waves in the fiction market. Nothing came even remotely close to what had ever been published to such wide appeal. However, E.L. James took a risk and boy did it ever pay off. BDSM Erotica has since exploded exponentially carrying a wave of authors into a massive payable market for Erotic Fiction. And BDSM as lifestyle has entered into many bedrooms also in the real life.

Sexy woman with BDSM handcuffs

But are you aware about all the different forms of interaction within BDSM? As you know for sure, BDSM stands for Bondage, Dominance, Sadism and Masochism. Event though these terms are all well known, the slight difference between them may not be clear to everyone.


Here is a short try:


The first two are relatively easy to figure out. Bondage is the sexual arousal caused by being able to tie or bind someone up or of being tied or bound yourself. Dominance is arousal caused by exercising full control over another individual. Sadism is the sexual arousal of someone who gets turned on by inflicting pain or punishment on another adult and Masochism is the arousal after pain or punishment has been inflicted on you.


Now, the idea of BDSM is the interchangeable parts that can be separated or tossed together. Some individuals are aroused by bondage, but not dominance. Others are aroused by physical pain or punishment but not by inflicting said pain or punishment. Still others are excited by being submissive to a dominant, but don’t like the idea of physical pain or being punished. So as a newbie to the BDSM world it might take a while to figure out which aspects are right for you, if any. And maybe you find out that BDSM shall remain a fantasy genre or that's something you want to learn to incorporate into your own life. And of course that's absolutely okay, but guess what: You’d be surprised how many readers go on to experiment with the elements of BDSM in their own intimate relationships. The statistics are somewhere between 20 and 62 percent, although there’s obvious room for interpretation. But we think it is probably more in the 60 percent range, isn't it? But of course only if they have read the right books...


Along with the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, which includes Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, there are several other authors and titles that can explore even darker aspects to BDSM. This can include things like fire play, blood play, animal/owner play, fetish play, etc. And to be honest with you. There are books in the BDSM genre which we like even more than 50 Shades of Grey. One of the best of class is the Total Surrender series (includes Forbidden Surrender, Wicked Surrender and Sweet Surrender) by Cheyenne McCray. Here you’ll meet Teri, Andi and Sheila. All three women are desperate to explore their dark fantasies with men who know how to dominate them in the hottest way possible. Josh, Derrick and Adam are more than happy to oblige. And in each story you’ll find beautifully dark elements of BDSM play. That's why the Total Surrender Series will for sure ignite your own dark fantasies.


While BDSM certainly isn’t a lifestyle for most it can be one hell of a fantasy and indulging. Even when it is just for a moment, inside a great and well-written book. And reading a BDSM Erotic Story is for sure the easiest way to indulge yourself when it comes to a lifestyle that’s fun, intriguing, beguiling and intense. So give it a try, even if it’s not (yet) your particular cup of tea.



*As always, all books mentioned in this article contain sexually explicit scenes, elements of power exchange and erotic context. If any of these offend you, please do not read these titles.


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