These 3 Books Will Steal Your Innocence

When I first started reading at the age of fourteen, I kind of lacked a proper selective criteria when it came to books. I read what was popular, when I found a certain title appealing, what my parents kept in their bookshelf. I read certain books because everyone was reading them, because I thought it would make me smarter, a better writer, or a better person. I read books because their covers were beautiful.

And somehow I stumbled upon the kind of books that are not everyone’s cup of tea. They’re rather like a shot of whiskey. Erotic, controversial, the kind of books that you can’t read in public. But you can’t help it, so you must find a quiet place and read.

 

Lolita

(Vladimir Nabokov)

There are some out there who say that Lolita is a novel about pedophilia, but I never interpreted like that. I thought that this prejudice takes away from the charm of the story, from the way that attraction is masterfully being built. The birthplace of sexuality and eroticism is, whether we like to admit it or not, adolescence. And, taboo as it may be, this is the best novel ever to explore this theme.

 

 


The 120 Days of Sodom

(Marquis de Sade)

I believe that one is never truly read to read Sade. The erotic games being described are not for the faint of heart. It is the kind of book that makes you feel guilty for reading it, but you cannot help but go on. There are no limits. What happens is constantly battling against your own inhibitions and prejudices and ideas regarding sexuality.

Everything the Marquis wrote is scandalous, but this word, with its negative connotations, also means eye opening.

 

 

 

 


The Yellow Room
(Anonymous)

A classic Victorian erotic novel, published in 1891, The Yellow Room recounts the story of Alice Darwell, her relationship with her uncle, and, of course, a lot of graphic sex. Which, given the era, makes this way more enjoyable than it should be.

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10 thoughts on “These 3 Books Will Steal Your Innocence

  1. Haven’t read them. But I know of them. Except the yellow room, that’s new to me. I was more a purveyor of fucked up films. Like.. The crush (similar ish to lolita), and Cannibal Holocaust, or the Serbian. (for your fuckery with 120 days lol).
    But scrumptious innocence stealing! haha. Now kids just send eachother dick picks and not even of purpose anymore. HAHA omg… seriously. what kids get up to these days

  2. Oh my goodness! Definitely a little intense for a teen! Probably the worst books I read were “Christie” (statutory rape ruins a Quaker girl’s life), and there were a few SFF books that really were too much for me. There was nothing to indicate they would have graphic rape, murder, necrophilia, and prostitution in them. 😭 They left me with pretty mixed emotions- I enjoyed the overs stories, but not the subplots!

  3. I know a woman that was an ardent feminist that liked Lolita. My analysis of her approval can only be that she approved of this book’s anti-conservative message. In other words, the book undermined the concept of patriarchal headship by glorifying the seedier side of male sexual desire(s).

  4. I have yet to ready any of these three, but I would like to. The similar themes and taboo topics are intriguing. I’m not one to shy away from more provocative topics.

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