After reading my last post about stories that do it for me, a friend asked, “What about Abuse → No rescue → Happy ending? Doesn’t that storyline exist?”
In a way, yes. And some people love stories like that. Just look at this spread from Jessy’s Book Club.
Yes, it’s a whole genre called dark erotica. There are token rescues, but it’s really not what the story is about.
And no, it doesn’t work for me. It’s just depressing. In fact, it feels like Abuse → No Rescue → Bad Ending, except without the good parts.
And believe me, I have tried to like dark erotica. Look at everything I’ve tried:
And those are all good books, but I couldn’t even rank them in order of preference, because my kink gagged on all of them equally. (Sorry, authors! Your kink is not my kink but your kink is okay!)
‘Imagine, Lilith. Imagine what it’s like to live out any fantasy you’ve ever had without fear of censure or discovery. He can be whoever you want him to be, and you can do whatever you like to him.’
I could say nothing at all, and Blaine took this as permission to continue. ‘Try it.’ She pressed the crop into my hand. ‘You’ve been a very bad boy, haven’t you, Finn? I’m sure Lilith is capable of teaching you an important lesson.’
He slowly turned to face me so his head was forced to one side against the smooth wood. The huge eyes that had sparked with a life beyond this place were dull and dilated.
Mr. Foster slapped him hard across the ass, more heat than pain compared to all he’d endured already; he barely flinched. When a hand settled on each cheek and spread him wide, his fingers curled numb around the table and he whimpered once, soft and sharp, before he could stop himself, remind himself that he was supposed to be pretending to like this.
“Say it again,” Mr. Foster said, the blunt tip of his cock nudging at Daniel’s hole.
“All this trembling makes me not believe how much you want me.”
“I want you,” Daniel said, but he could not strip the frightened child tone from his words.
And I’m afraid that works for me. So what is the difference?
I think there are three things happening here:
So if the abuser is really enjoying himself, I’m loving it. (Until afterwards, that is.)
If the victim is hating it, my good time is uninterrupted as long as (a) they are experiencing sexual pleasure, however nonconsensually, or (b) they are only saying or doing the things I would if I were enjoying it.
So – whimpering, trembling and a frightened child tone, yes. Dull eyes, no – screeching brakes.
I am not proud of this mind-blindness. But there it is.
But why on earth am I the odd one out? There are hordes of submissive women out there reading dark erotica, and most of them don’t seem to have struggled with an addiction to Abuse → No Rescue → Bad Ending.
To obscure matters further, I think factors 1 to 3 also apply to those other readers.
I think the difference must be the abject submission. I really don’t do screaming in ecstasy or “Yes, yes, yes!” With me it’s trembling and terror and tears. Mr. Foster would be utterly disgusted.
The times when I really want it are probably the times a bystander would find hardest to watch. Well, at least until they listened hard enough to make out the sobbed litany of “Please, please, please” and “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
I probably ought to go to bed feeling bad about the mind-blindness. But to be honest, it’s just such a relief that so much of my apparent callousness goes back to the abject submission.