Unless you live miles underground, you’ll have realised, it’s pretty hot today. Actually, hotter than places like the Dominican Republic (!?). It’s too hot to go outside – unless third degree burns are you thing – so instead check out these books that are also pretty damn hot.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover – The ultimate taboo. D.H. Lawrence’s 1928 novel is hot for obvious reasons. Young married woman, Constance (Lady Chatterley), has an upper class husband, Clifford Chatterley. In the Great War he’s injured and is paralysed from the waist down, this limits Clifford’s physical desires, which only heightens his emotional neglect of Constance. Because of this Constance begins an affair with the gamekeeer, Oliver Mellors.
The book was considered completely vulgar and went on trial under the Obscene Publications Act 1959. Various critics and fellow authors defended the novel, and it eventually received the ‘not guilty’ verdict.
The biggest issue they had with Lawrence’s novel was the repeated use of the word ‘fuck’ and ‘cunt’. But if you love swearing as much as I do this shouldn’t really bother you.
The Graduate – A 1963 novella written by Charles Webb. Not only is the subject matter pretty tantalizing (young graduate Benjamin Braddock contemplates what to do with the rest of his life, when he embarks on an affair with an older married woman) but it’s supposedly based on Webb’s life.
Webb revealed the identity of the real-life inspiration for Mrs. Robinson: a Mrs Jane Erickson, wife of an associate of Webb’s father. Although he didn’t elaborate – we did. Mrs Erickson is so Mrs Robinson.
Naked Lunch – The title alone is enough to get you hot under the collar. William S. Burrough’s novel is a non-linear narrative without a clear plot, he commented, “the chapters are intended to be read in any order.” As it contained excessive drug use, child murder, expletives and sex, it was banned in various places (Boston, L.A.).
Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (commonly known as Fanny Hill) – It’s ok if you laughed at the latter title. John Cleland’s erotic novel is considered the first pornography prose. It’s also one of the most prosecuted and banned books in history. Cleland wrote the novel while in debtors’ prison, so maybe prison does change a man…
Fifty Shades of Grey – This book is hot. A hot pile of shit. Coined as ‘mummy-porn’ *gags*, E.L. James’ erotic novel caused a stir (pun intended). What started as Twilight fan-fiction spiralled out of control into a trilogy of trash. While some consider it the ultimate erotica, most see it as what it is: a mess.
So hopefully these titles will distract you from the sweltering weather. If not, have a cold shower.