Zaftig: Well Rounded Erotica (Erotica Series) Paperback – 25 May 2001
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About the Author
Hanne Blank, author of Big, Big Love and associate editor of the zine Scarlet Letters, lives in Boston.
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On the negative side, I didn't really feel like it focused on the desires of the average reader. This wouldn't have bothered me so much, except that since this is the only book that I know of that focuses on the zaftig figure, so I would have hoped for something that was perhaps a little less broad in it's ambitions. At times it even sort of felt like a compilation of obscure fetishes, like in the story "How Loretta Got a Schlong" - weird, not exotic, not quirky, not on the edge, just weird. There were several of those, like sex with a very old man, or masturbating with an idol which then becomes a fat gay man who then has sex with his male lover and then turns into a woman. It also felt as if most of them focused on butch lesbians - which had their place to be certain, but it really felt like they were the spot light. All of these would have been fine in a book several times it's length.
Overall, this is absolutely worth purchasing, but I wouldn't really plan on being aroused, it's just a really good read. You'll find maybe one or two that make you breathe heavily or move your soul, and they really are absolutely worth it. I'll be the first to buy a sequel if it comes out! Really, honest to goodness worth the money.
As far as there not being enough so-called "straight" stories, well I'm sorry but a collection of "all het" stories would be boring. Thank goodness Hanne chose all spectrums of sexuality, not just a narrow band. And heck, seems to me there were enough "het stories" here to satisfy most people. And I certainly don't mind the "girl-girl" stories by any means, but that probably has something to do with my being one of those dreaded "straight males."
Hooray to Hanne Blank for an anthology that proves large women are desireable and darn sexy.
Now, although this is a good book and worth the purchase price (most places sell it around $10-$12), I wouldn't say I was 100% satisfied with it. Well, let's state the good and the bad.
Good things about this book are the variety of sexual situations presented, from the gay and lesbian, to one story featuring bondage acts, to a couple of others with straight couples. There is definitely something for everyone. The downfall to this is that depending on who you are, I don't think most people will be satisfied with this variety as most people really aren't into exaggerated freaky S&M type sex or even three-somes to dildo fetishes. I myself am a 22 year old straight non-overwieght male and the stories I found to be the most enticing were the ones featuring straight sex - a man with a heavy woman. The writing is also very commendable. Fat bodies are described with such force, reality, uniqueness, grace and beauty which I highly appreciated, and isn't the type of description the ignorant american media or masses would use to describe a heavy person. One story featured a fat and husky gay man and the skinny female student who has a huge crush on him and thinks about sex with him and his gay partner. What is interesting in this particular story is the way the big man is described; thick masculine arms, hefty, firm and empowering - definitely not something I'm used to and even though I'm not gay, it gave me a sort of an appreciation for the artistic figure of a big man's body. A few of the stories featured some comedic relief as well, always good. And really to top it all off, the women in these stories are simply ravishingly sexy in all their full-figured, soft and rounded forms!
Now the downside and why I gave this a 3.5. First off, not every story in this is a winner. There are about 3 or so that simply did nothing for me. With a plethora of different authors, you will notice a difference in creative writing. Some are ingeniously creative in their artistic and poetic descriptions, while others simply feel dry and stiff in stories like "The Model" and "Breathing Lessons" and the worst "Alphabet Soup." I was also getting bored w/ the balance of situations in this book. By that i mean that a good 70 - 80% of the stories featured lesbian erotica, and though I did enjoy the descriptions of these beautifully figured women, a lot of them were still described too many times as "butch" and such. Also, since I am a straight male, I would enjoy more straight sex oriented stories, I don't know i guess it just makes me free to picture myself in those situations. A lesbian female would give this a 5 star rating easily. A gay male would probably give this a 1 star rating. One final complaint - the book is just too short. There aren't enough stories in this and all of them are relatively short. Most avid readers will be able to finish this one in a day, easily. Slower readers shouldn't take any longer than a week.
Though it is great to finally see gorgeous fat women featured in sexual situations in all their splendid plentiful beauty (b/c yes, fat women have sex too, and yes they are as gorgeous and just as sexy as thin women), and though this is a wonderful start, people who are into REAL sex will still be left hungry for more even after this book. But for the cheap price, pick it up, there is great stuff in here!