|It's the Best|
|Written by Paul|
|Tuesday, 10 July 2012 09:38|
We've never really done an "Incest Story" as an Adventurotica piece (The kind that inevitably seems to have "Mommy" or "Daddy" in the title) for the same reason we've never done a bondage or a furry story - we don't tend to limit ourselves to one kind of kink in a narrative. We do adventure stories that contain sex, and we don't fade to black, etc. etc. So I always pause a bit before getting into it in a work in progress. It's such a taboo subject, and yet such a popular and fertile ground for smut, that it risks becoming a whole thing and pulling focus from the storyline.
Cool! Oh, wait...
We did a little bit of "Twincest" in Pride & Prostitutes, as well as the "Bad Daddy" chapter, which was simulated incest and which I included just because the idea of a guy paying whores to impersonate his daughters was so wrong it begged to be exploited. Other than that, we've not done much of what would be called 'typical' incest porn. True, The Red Winter Queen had pretty much nonstop incest, but - and this is a crucial difference here - none of the characters had what could be termed a 'normal' familial relationship to begin with, and thus the incest angle packed less punch and just became a part of the mythic weft.
Because that's a big part of the incest taboo - violation of not just the biological barrier of blood relation, but the social taboo. Taking a relationship we all know one way and making it go another way. It is the frisson of sexualizing a relationship that is normally very nonsexual that makes for hot, hot incestuous fucking.
Interesting to me is that this is not usually personal. People are not often fantasizing about their own relatives, just about relatives in general. It seems to be the archetypes we respond to - Bad Daddy, Hot Mom, Big Brother, Sexy Little Sister - these are almost as universal as Cheating Wife or Voyeur Husband in porn stories. They are our deepest sexualized feelings about the people closest to us written over someone else, and thus made safe to play with.
As with infidelity, the interesting thing to me about incest (aside from it just being hot) is what happens after. A lot of stories build up to the incest, rub our noses in the act itself, and then stop, as if they had no idea where to go from there. We find it hard to imagine - what would life me like in a world where you had sex with your sister, your father, your son? What would happen in that relationship? How would it change?
Authors largely shy away from that area, because well, not many of us can state with any certainty. I am reminded of Thomas Aquinas' statement that the best argument against incest was that it would make family life even more hellishly complicated than it already is. You have to chart not just the emotional arc between the characters involved, but of the other family members when they find out. How do they react? Who knows about it?
And that brings in the question of keeping your tone consistent, because even if you have a light tone, adding hardcore incest to the mix brings in a whole lot of questions. Because if everyone in the story who finds out is A-Ok with it, that's not going to feel real. People get very upset about this sort of thing - there is a reason it's called a 'taboo' and not a 'suggestion' - it's one of humankind's oldest Thou Shalt Nots, and other characters could - and should - have strong feelings about it. If you ignore that, then the emotional truthfulness of your narrative can start to unravel.
So incest is like nuclear material in porn - properly managed it can produce serious heat, mishandled it will blow up in your face and kill everything. These are not small concerns, and so it is with some trepidation that I steer Heritage of Steel into these waters. Still, I'm looking forward to it - incest is hot as fuck.
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