Hi, CB Conwy here! I'd love to talk kink today - and why we read or write it. When I began reading M/M books, I had no idea that I was about to encounter the biggest addiction of my life. The point is that I was reading a lot of "real" literature at the time; I was finishing my Master's in Comparative Literature (and yes, that's one of those fields of study where you insist that there is such a thing as real literature). M/M was about as far away from the world of Flaubert, Mann, and Dostoyevskij that I could come - and I absolutely loved it.
I think it was the instant fix that did it for me. I simply loved the way that I could be sure to get a Happily Ever After as well as a guaranteed emotional release - every single time. "Real" literature gives you that sometimes as well, but not always - and it often comes with a price; the reading might be difficult, and the author insists on all kinds of artistic peculiarities. M/M romance is a lot more generous in terms of emotional fulfillment.
Don't get me wrong; I like all kinds of books, the difficult ones as well. I'm a book critic, and that means that I get to (I almost wrote "have to"; Freudian slip!) read a lot of contemporary literature - and it's great and exciting and interesting. But it seldomly gives me an instant fix.
I've gotten a bit more picky along the way, of course. I demand a lot more from my books today; the story has to be well told, and I like angst. I love angst, in fact:). Oh, and the kink. Jesus, yes, the kink.
I have a varied taste (damn, I didn't manage to write that without blushing) - but my biggest turn-on is the emotional release or even personal growth you can achieve with kink. The actions in themselves are hot; but what they do to people is what really matters to me - whether I'm reading or writing.
So, I'd love to hear your opinion: Why do you read (or write) this wonderfully kinky genre?
And if you'd like to read more, then I have a new story out recently (Happily Ever After), which is all about the emotional side of BDSM. Well, and about the kinky side, too, of course. And about Happily Ever Afters. Or you could go to my website; I've just put another two free stories up: His Something and Of Russian Myth and Lore (last year's charity sip).
I'm looking forward to hearing your opinion!