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Carol Berg and How She Unknowingly Writes My Porn

October 5, 2008

Maybe she does know. Maybe she’s actually a self-aware sadist masquerading as a mainstream author. Maybe she’d be insulted by that and sue me for libel. But whatever. It’s good reading.

Basically, in my attempt to feed the yawning, voracious maw of my libido since my admission of my sexuality, I’ve been looking for something to gorge on, and I’ve found myself returning to the author Carol Berg. She writes epic fantasy on a personal scale, she’s an excellent author and a good writer, subtle, nuanced, and her men get the physical, emotional, or spiritual shit beaten out of them every five pages. It’s awesome.

I’m now rereading Song of the Beast for the first time since high school. It was the first thing I read of hers, then I read her debut series the Rai-Kirah Trilogy. Both are amazing. I just read the second book of her Bridge of D’arnath Tetrology, in which her authorship and writing are still sharp, but I have issues with her world-building. All the good points, however, add up to vastly outweigh the sub-par world details, even though they make it kind of hard for me to suspend my disbelief.

What I love about Carol Berg’s work is that I get 600 pages of physical/emotional/spiritual suffering of a non-consensual martyr, along with healthy dose of madness, in an original world, with incredible character development and a moving plot. It’s my kink, handed to me on a silver platter. When I first started reading her, before I had even taken a single tiny step toward admitting that my secret shameful desires to beat up and tie up men were integrally linked to my sexuality, I thought, “Wow, this woman likes to hurt men almost as much as I do.” In fact, I wish she would spend a little more time writing how the men feel while they’re being unjustly tortured and being all submissively heroic about it and not just after all the unjust torturing has been done. But I’m not complaining.

Thus the closest thing to good porn I have found is in the mainstream fantasy genre. I find this terribly ironic. The next closest thing was another woman’s fantasy, but certainly it’s relieving to find out that other women actually have fantasies close to mine. It makes me feel I’m not so crazy after all, rather than just having to think it ten times a day to stay sane.

Then there was this, which I don’t think was meant to be pornographic at all, but did make me choke on my own Pavlonian production of saliva while contemplating how restrain myself from buying a ticket to Australia to kidnap certain sex bloggers.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 6, 2008 12:21 am

    I am totally going to have to Google “Carol Berg” now and at the very least check out the plot lines of some of her fantasy books.

    I think the Fantasy genre is the only one where there is any hotness of this kind because in order to feel safe thinking about the mainstream needs to create another world. The fact that it happens in this world, in a tragic way, more often than they’d like to admit is not what readers want to buy when they want to buy fantasy of this kind; they’d prefer to change the channel.

    In any event, thanks for the link back. For the record, I won’t always be in Australia…. :)

  2. ranat permalink
    October 6, 2008 3:57 pm

    You shouldn’t tell me you won’t always be in Australia because then I will think of how much EASIER it will be to kidnap you when you’re not in Australia.

    As for your insight into the fantasy genre, yeah, I agree. I think there’s also the rationalization that “Oh, none of this is real anyway, so who cares if they have a femdom society? It’s only *fiction.*” I think people have problems imagining matriarchies or male service due to the encroachment of Western-flavor patriarchy to just about every corner of the world. So people have to step into another world in order for dominant women and submissive men to be believable.

    Carol Berg doesn’t write male submission this explicitly, her male characters just have savior-syndrome, which according to the dominant culture is okay, because tortured men single-handedly saving the world is an acceptable trope (ala Jesus).

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