Monday, November 28, 2011

Twincest: Yea or Nay?

WARNING: This post contains coarse language and seriously adult content.  It's not for the faint of heart or easily offended.

Let me start off by saying this post is not meant to slam anybody. Everyone is entitled to their personal taste and if yours is different from mine, I completely respect that and invite you to share your opinions below.

I like to consider myself pretty open-minded about different romance sub genres. I don't love everything --most people know that BDSM isn't my cuppa tea. But there's "not-my-cuppa-tea" and then there's "Holy shit! Is that guy really fucking his brother?" Yes, folks, I just read my first twincest story. And I've got to tell you: I don't get it. It was a m/m/m menage twincest story. And I like m/m books -- I really do. I think they are extremely hot. But the idea of a guy having sex with his twin brother is not hot. At least not to me.

I know there are lots of stories where brothers share a woman. Even that is kind of yuck for me, when I think about it. But I always figured it was kind of like a sandwich with the not-related person in the middle. No sibling-bits touching. But apparently that is not always the case. These brothers penetrated each other; they sucked each other off; and they had a whole dom/sub thing between them to boot.

I've never felt like such a prude in my life as I did reading this. I just kept staring at the screen, thinking I must be missing some integral part of the puzzle. Then I went on Twitter and asked around, to see if I'm the single Amish spinster in the corner, wearing granny-panties, who's not down with the latest thing. I was reassured that I was not alone. But obviously, there is an audience for this. There are people on Goodreads who read the book and loved it. They never said a word about the fact that these brothers are humping each other --or that it bothered them in the least.

So I'd like to hear from you guys. Does twincest titillate you? Does it gross you out? Please give me your perspectives. (I will not judge you!) And if you are an author who writes twincest books, please know I am not trying to insult you. Your input is welcome here too.

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At Monday, November 28, 2011 at 1:29:00 PM CST , Anonymous JenniferRNN said...


As I said on Twitter, I don't find this romantic in any way. I'm also a firm believer that people should be able to read what they want, but this is the sort of storyline that needs a bit of a warning.

At Monday, November 28, 2011 at 1:35:00 PM CST , Blogger Scrumptious Reading said...

I also posted on Twitter that no, I don't find that romantic in any way. I am an open minded person who likes a lot and even if I don't like it I don't bash a particular genre, but incest no matter if it is twins, triplets or not is just plain wrong. Brothers sharing, not the best plot, but that doesn't bother me since the brothers aren't touch each other. I just can't read, recommend or even review a book based on incest.

At Monday, November 28, 2011 at 1:44:00 PM CST , Blogger Oddmonster said...

I'm not a fan of the trope. I try to look at it in the spirit of "your kink is not my kink (and that's okay)" ...and I have mixed success maintaining that attitude.

At Monday, November 28, 2011 at 1:53:00 PM CST , Blogger Brie said...

I googled twincest and it has a huge following, it’s disturbing to say the least. I really don’t care about people’s sexual preferences as long as they are consenting adults, but I draw the line at incest and bestiality. Incest is wrong from a lot of different points of view and I can’t believe that someone might find their sibling attractive, I can see how someone might fantasize about twins and siblings in general, there are lots of books were brothers share the same woman and even though I find that just as disturbing I can see the appeal.

Do you think m/m or f/f incest is more acceptable than m/f incest? Flowers in the Attic is one of the most infamous romance books and it has a lot of incest (the brothers do it, the brother’s parents do it and they were brothers as well, is like exponential incest) but it’s also a best seller and a very popular novel… Maybe people are more permissive about same sex incest because there’s no pregnancy risk? I didn’t see anyone complaining when Hugh Hefner had those twin sisters as girlfriends (I doubt he was having sex with them but still, the ick factor was huge). I think it’s disgusting regardless of how you look at it, but I’m not surprised by its popularity and I’m sure there are worse things out there.

At Monday, November 28, 2011 at 1:59:00 PM CST , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

That's a good question, Brie! I remember reading Flowers in the Attic when I was much younger and was icked out there too. (Even my mom read it --ugh!)

It's definitely a sub genre with a following! I just haven't heard from any fans yet.

At Monday, November 28, 2011 at 2:23:00 PM CST , Blogger Highland Hussy said...

I think it's squicky, so you aren't alone. But I guess there's a market for it. There must be, right? Otherwise they wouldn't print this? Right?

At Monday, November 28, 2011 at 2:42:00 PM CST , Blogger Poison Rose said...

Hmm... NOw twincest is something I havent read yet. I've read BDSM, M/M. F/F and menage stories, but none have involved siblings. Since this is not RL and its a fictitious book I can accept it, but any further then that and I have to throw in the red towel. That goes overboard.

I have read books all over the erotica genre, but I think it starts to cross the lines of acceptable.

That's my dose for today.

At Monday, November 28, 2011 at 3:38:00 PM CST , Blogger AmyC ~ said...

just read City of Bones/Ashes/Glass and most of the time the 2 main characters think they are brother and sister....and yet still attracted to one other. It was hard for me to read that. I was thinking, why is she writing on bro/sis love?
I finished reading it b/c I had a inkling that they were not...
but for a story to be written strictly as bro on bro action....I'll pass thx.

At Monday, November 28, 2011 at 4:23:00 PM CST , Blogger Michelle Greathouse said...

I'm not a fan of any kind of incest. I remember reading Flowers In The Attic when I was about 13 and thought it was awful - I never finished it.

But then again, I may very well be a prude - I don't read BDSM, hard core erotica or even M/M.

I like hot and steamy - just vanilla hot and steamy. LOL


At Monday, November 28, 2011 at 5:35:00 PM CST , Blogger Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said...

I've never actually read one before...but I can tell you the idea doesn't really appeal to me. To each their own, but I kind of find it cringe-worthy.

I'll probably try one eventually but I don't see me becoming a huge fan of it.

At Monday, November 28, 2011 at 7:19:00 PM CST , Blogger chilosa2004 said...

I love reading m/m stories and i dont mind brothers sharing a woman but when said brothers have sex, thats a big no no to me!!!

At Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 1:57:00 AM CST , Blogger Tracy said...

I've never read familial-sexual-contact incest erotica of any sort, nor knew there was a following for any specific pairing. I've read menage with brothers sharing another partner, but no touching went on between siblings.

Do I find the thought of twins or family members doing the deed arousing? Nope. That's not one of my kinks. And even the thought of it happening in real life deeply disturbs me. In fiction, though? Meh - to each his own. I wouldn't specifically avoid a book with that theme like I do for the darker BDSM themes or some multiple partner pairings, but I damn sure would want to know it's included in the book.

Maybe that would change if I read one - I might find out it does cross my lines in practice in ways it doesn't in theory.

Like others have mentioned, my only experience with familial-contact incest was in the Flowers in the Attic series, which had a shocking prevalence of that theme. It's been quite literally decades since I had any exposure to that, and all I remember about those experiences were a general feeling of disturbed discomfort, but what I read of that series disturbed me on a lot of levels and I don't really remember how many books I read before I had to stop.

So - in theory, no squick factor on the incest erotica. Experience with it in Flowers, though, was not positive.

At Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 7:56:00 AM CST , Blogger Brenda Demko said...

Gross! I find the idea of twincest very disturbing! I have twins sons of my own. Just the thought of it makes me sick!

At Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 8:23:00 AM CST , Blogger Unknown said...

Ewwww.... Seriously! Who wants to read about siblings getting their kinky freak on!!? It's not my cup-of-tea. I love me some Bondage and M/M erotica, but incest in any way is beyond me - it's a little too much in my opinion, and any books with this type of content needs to have huge warning signs on it. LOL

At Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 9:28:00 AM CST , Blogger Stephanie said...

I was also one of your Twitter peeps who said "Oh no!" I guess it just goes to show that everyone has different tastes. I also am not a fan of BDSM. I have read a few books that were light BDSM and even that was not my "cuppa tea" as you said :) And then when I went and researched for a minor spanking scene in my current WIP...holy cow!!! There are things I never imagined. Serious hardcore stuff. For me it was just a turn off. It's just not my thing.

At Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 6:56:00 PM CST , Blogger Jennifer @ The Book Nympho said...

I just threw up a little in my mouth while LMAO.

At Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 7:02:00 PM CST , Blogger Grace Fonseca said...

Okay, twincest...oh man...this is a new one. Personally not for me. I have my those who like it...well that is their vice....

At Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 4:44:00 AM CST , Blogger Tyraa said...

Ew no way. I read a book once which had twins sharing a women then one accidently touched the other then next thing I know theyre all over each other?!

I'm so with you. Not my cuppa tea, tyvm. :)


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