Oh my. Jumping right into this one seems the best way to go. It's a topic I've been thinking about, not because I'm pervy, but because it's been in literary news a lot recently. In mid-December Amazon pulled several incest-themed erotica books from its store and from Kindles. You can read news stories here and here. There have been several blog posts on the topic, such as this one from Annoyed Librarian and this one from The Deranged Book Lovers.
Obviously, from Annoyed Librarian's post, I'm not the only one who finds this incredibly disturbing. And it makes me wonder...
Do the authors of these books have siblings? Or parents? Or cousins? I have a brother who writes and publishes his work quite often. If my brother wrote a story or poem about his love affair with his sister, I have to say that I'd be completely creeped out and disgusted. Or what if your child wrote a book about having an affair with his mother? Ugh. Wouldn't that just completely ruin your relationship with the person? I don't think I could ever hug my brother without thinking "this man wrote a book about having sex with his sister - and I'M HIS SISTER!"
Regardless, I also feel the need to point out that there is a reason for the social stigma regarding incest. I've read several blogs that talk about how love overcomes all obstacles, even those posed by being immediate family members, but let's just be honest. That is not the case. Incest is a tabboo that transcends cultures for a reason. It isn't healthy, physically for offspring or emotionally for anyone. I'm sorry but I cannot jump on the incest "free love", romance is all that matters train. Even if an author writes it in a "romantic" way, it's not appealing to think about my brothers, cousins, uncles, or father that way.
What do you think? Could you read a book of erotica about sibling love? What about if it's not "erotica" but just about a teenage brother and sister who fall in love? If you do think that could be romantic, do you have siblings? And what would you think if a sibling, cousin, nephew, parent, etc wrote a book about incest with the intention of it being sexy?