Saturday, May 19, 2012

MBS Spanko Brunch #331

Hi everybody, and happy weekend! Here's what I hope will be a fun question...

When reading a fictional spanking story, what sort of story elements appeal to you? Do you like themes that closely parallel your real life interests or do you prefer to explore different scenarios? Do you enjoy detailed descriptions of the characters, their motivations and feelings, dialogue, setting, and/or swat by swat action? How important is it for you that the characters be believable?

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31 comments :

joeyred51 said...

I enjoy stories that include elements that I fantasize about as possible scenes. Usually, that would involve a caning for some "misdeed" by a female governess or school head mistress. I want the story to contain most of the traditional elements of a ritual caning such as a punishment book. And, I want to feel through the words of the author the anxiety of the individual being punished from the setting of the punishment, the waiting period before the punishment, and the details of the caning with a swat by swat description. I expect the experience to be believable and I want to feel empathy for the "victim."

bobbsroom said...

Hi Bonnie
For me a complete, well written story with a good build up, expressively vivid action and descriptive aftermath. A lot of the short stories in old editions of Janus always did it for me. One that stands out for whatever reason was executive encounter. If I had to choose one element it would be the final caning with a running commentary of the thought’s going through the recipients head.
Hope you’re having a good weekend
Take Care
BOB B

sunnygirl said...

I like spanking to be part of the story, not the story. I like relatable characters and story lines. I don't need a swat by swat description, even dialogue about a forthcoming spanking is enough. I like what interested me and don't go too far out of my comfort zone.

Reece Seever said...

For me, the lead up is more important than the event. The woman taking charge. Dictating what is going to happen. The man's anxious anticipation and genuine fear of that happening. Important elements for me are the exercise of authority by the woman and the man's anxious submission to the inevitable.

Hobbes said...

Historical fiction because it does portray a period when corporal punishment was common, the norm even. The characters and dialog are critical to building a believable historical setting and the story is far more important than the spanking itself. There is so much of the mind involved in spanking: the anticipation, the unknown, the tension, the trust, the relationship, contemporary mores, fear, relief, fantasy. So the interior dialog makes for a very good story.

sixofthebest said...

I like the characters in the story to be believeable. Favorites would be office enviroments, domestic, uniform. The naughty ladies, should wear garter-belt, stockings, girdles, all types of bloomer's, and knicker's. Implements used on the those naughty lady's, a cane, birchrod, whip.

Scunge said...

If they make my bottom tingle I love them,but as others have said they need to be believable. Historical,age play,school scenes,contemporary you name it I like it AS long as it makes my bum tingle. ;)

PK said...

I enjoy a little spanking with my love story. I want the couples love for each other to be the center of the story. Within that background I want the man to be protective and to be willing to spank to see that his love stays safe.

PK

Julia said...

I like to read stories about where I would like DH and I to be. For example, real Discipline (including corner time if necessary). This is very big for me. I love reading stories where she is spanked for real life mistakes, for example a speeding ticket. My favorite author is Carolyn Faulkner, the Thornton brothers.

Lea said...

I mostly enjoy reading things that parallel my own interests, as I sometimes put myself in the place of a character in the story. I like reading the descriptions and backgrounds of the characters and how they are feeling. Writing fiction is tough, I'm not very good at it. But I'm glad that a lot of other people are!

Nick said...

I like reading about the character's feelings; what they are thinking.

SNP said...

I like to care about the characters. Spanking scenes are great, but if it is just spanking and sex and no story or likeable characters then it just rings a little hollow. Real life scenerios have their appeal and so do fantasies.
Sometimes you want an escape from the world and so something of a fantasy nature fits the bill.
Sometimes you relate to the plot in a real way and so that works as well. Being very graphic with lots of bad language is a turn off. There is a balance to strike from being trashy and classy I think. Fun question this week. Thanks, Bonnie

S said...

I prefer to read stories that are a little bit more edgier than I would actually enjoy in real life. Or a fantasy which I know doesn't really exist in real life (such as a correctional school for misbehaving ladies) because it makes the spanking that occurs very plausible in writing. I prefer the characters to have depth, as the others were saying... so it's not just like, "Mary is naughty, so Jake decided to send her away to be spanked," and we can actually read what Mary is thinking, her fear or anticipation, and gradual lead-up to the actual punishment.

I do think I like reading about punishment scenarios than erotic since for me, it can only be erotic if it's with my own partner, not reading about 2 other people. I don't like swat by swat dialogue simply because there are only so many ways to write "Ouch!" and I have read many a good story where they aren't explicitly written out but I could still tell that the character was being spank good lol.

Happy Saturday! :)

S.N.M. said...

All of the above. As a reader and writer of spanking stories, I value characters, creativity, humor, and eroticism, all seamlessly intermixed.

Characters: a likeable, dynamic protagonist with entertaining supporting characters is critical to any story, spanking or otherwise. I like it best when the protagonist is coming to grips with their love of spanking, or learning more about it at least.

Creativity: so much spanking fiction is just slight variations on the familiar school/blackmail/domestic discipline themes. I always value the story that comes up with a really creative reason for a spanking to take place. An outlandish setting or surreal context can also make the story more memorable, provided it doesn't alienate the reader.

Humor: Okay, spanking fetishes are silly. Stop looking at me like that, its true. Wanting to be hit on the butt is hilarious and ridiculous, and there's no reason to pretend otherwise. In spanking stories, therefore, I like to go all out and play the comedy to its hilt. Spanking and satire make an amazing combination.

Eroticism: for me, spanking is sexual, and I like my spanking fiction to have at least an undercurrent of sensuality. The characters don't neccesarily have to do it, but there needs to be sexual tension, and possibly the suggestion of future or past sexual events. I also like sexy descriptions of the human body (certain parts of it in particular).

Saoirse said...

Thanks, Bonnnie! This is a wonderful question for me as both a writer and a reader! I agree with much that has been said. I see the humor in everything-including spanking, so I really appreciate humor in stories. I also need well developed characters and a plot. I am much more interested in feelings and development of characters than swat by swat. The tension-which makes me want to keep reading doesn't come from simply actions. This week I'm reading The Point of it All by Jade Carey-my husband wants me to read everything she has written.....and that should make it perfect;y clear how I feel about the book!

Dragon's Rose said...

I like a story I can connect with. Something based on real life that I can see playing out in my own home. When the spanking is overly severe or is too fantasy based, I'm done.

Anonymous said...

I am an avid reader & like to read a lot of different things, so many different scenarios interest me but not if it's really far-fetched or too severe. And even though I'm not really into either punishment or bdsm much I enjoy stories that touch on those subjects as well. Just finished the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy & loved it!

Make Mine Red

A-Non said...

I agree with all of the comments above. Everything in the story has to be believably, even if it is not realistic. For example, the scene could be a public spanking (would not happen in today's world) but every detail still has to seem as if it could happen, at least in some communities.

Speaking if detail, I like details, but each detail should be relevant to the characters, their thoughts, etc.

I like a nice setup where I learn who these people are and why she's getting spanked, how each person feels about spanking. A few swats with her reaction, but then a summary of the rest.

One final thing, the grammar must be impeccable. A single "Your going to get it" will ruin the mood for me.

Hermione said...

Hi Bonnie,

I prefer punishment stories involving a mature schoolgirl or schoolboy who commits some misdemeanor or breaks a rule and is punished by the principal or teacher of the opposite sex. Other scenarios like naughty maid/footman and strict butler/housekeeper are also fun to read, as are stories where the ages of the two are closer, but there must be an authoritative figure. I don't care about a complicated plot but it should be realistic and believable as a framework within which to set the spanking. The punishment must be delivered because of a true violation of some rule or standard. It's always nice when there is some humour, and a plot twist or surprise ending is a bonus. Reading about the emotions that the victim experiences - the anxiety and anticipation beforehand, the anguish during, and the relief after - is more important to me than a blow by blow account of each smack.

Spankedhortic II said...

I like spanking fiction that shows imagination and weaves spanking action periodically, throughout an interesting story. Highly fantastic or very close to reality and everything inbetween is great. It is the quality of the story and writing that really counts. I'm a bit tired of reading about rich spankos, nothing against this, it is just a bit overdone and getting a bit tired. More books about middle and working class spankos please.

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Kitty said...

I like spanking stories that would never occur in my real day to day life. Also, I don't want spanking to be the main part of the story...more of an appetizer to the main entree of a love story.

Kitty

playful little brat said...

I love spanking stories that I can relate to. Stories that seem real and something I could see really happening. I also like a buildup to the spanking, and seeing some character development is great because it helps you relate and also feel for the characters in the story.

SpankCake said...

+1 regarding the note on grammar!

Ana said...

First of all, Bonnie, I think you should be spanked for posting scrumptious pictures twice a week that seriously interfere with my efforts to cut back on what I eat! :)

To answer the question, I like different things when I'm writing and reading spanking stories.

As a writer: I love stories that are unexpected, don't follow a formula, and leave my reader walking away feeling comforted or learning something about their real life that they'd never thought of before. I want them to be very real the characters to be people you come to care about. I also want my main characters, the girls who get spanked, not to be self-centered and using the spanking just as a way to get what they want. So I strive to write spanking story relationships that show a balance...not just one person taking all the time (discipline, spanking, advice, mentoring) from the other.

As a reader: I love me a good F/F story. :) I will read and enjoy others, but how can I not most love what I do?

I dislike the Mad Lib type of story. I mean: A _ (adjective) girl goes to _ (place) and does _ (misbehavior). She does _(avoiding behavior) to try to get out of it, but _(authority figure) tells her sternly that she must _ (adverb) do _ (misbehavior) again. So the _(authority figure) spanks her _ (adverb) with a _(spanking implement) _ (number) times and removes _ (article of clothing) and warns her to never do it again. She sends her to the corner for _ (number) minutes, gives her a hug, and they live happily ever after.

As someone who writes, I love reading a story that has intelligence, wit, humor, and a very real character who makes me cheer for her. I don't like to read about someone who brats and gets her come-uppance...I like to read about someone who is "real" to me and someone I can support. Someone I would want as a friend.

SpankCake said...

Some of my favorite stories include an element of non-consent where during the scene the spankee gives into the joys of being spanked and then perhaps tries to hide it from her spanker, is discovered and then they engage in some crazy hot sex. Other spanking stories are swell, too. ;)

ronnie said...

Hi, Bonnie,

I like my stories to have a mix of things - spanking of course, humour, eroticism and the characters have to be believable.

Love,
Ronnie
xx

fB said...

I prefer stories with more depth. If I can relate to a character all the better. I also, enjoy when someone puts effort into a setting and atmosphere. So often the stories are quick and only involve the basics, at least as far as I've seen.

If you can make it so that I can "feel" like I'm in the room, it'll be a story I love. Let me hear, smell, see, touch through words. Let at least one of the characters share their point of view so I can have a human to relate with.

I'm willing to read both believable and unbelievable stories, as long as they can pull me into their world. Otherwise I find myself bored with simple actions.

Cara Bristol said...

First of all, that brunch photo is scrumptious! Now, about spanking fiction, a subject near and dear to my author heart...

What makes a good spanking story for me (and what I try to incorporate in my writing) are the feelings and motivations of the characters. The buildup of tension and the anticipation or dread that occurs before a spanking are key to making a compelling story.

In fiction, I like to experience the dynamics of the power differential of disciplinary spankings, but also enjoy the sexual aspect of erotic ones, so I want to read/write about both -- but not in the same spanking. A disciplinary spanking shouldn't be fun.

SublimeWifey said...

I like spanking stories in which the characters are well developed and I know the motivation and thoughts of the Dom and sub (and I like all my spanking stories to be D/s). They can be detailed in the erotica if they are also detailed in the character development; but spanking and erotic just for the sake of titillation is not for me. I think I like to explore the reasons for my own predilections and so I read these stories to see what other writers, spankos, Doms and subs are thinking. Also like stories that push my personal boundaries just a bit, allowing me to imagine myself going just beyond my limits.

A-Non said...

Anyone notice that I have a typo in the post that I wrote pleading for the use of correct grammar in spanking fiction? Oops!! Well, in my defense, this is only a blog comment, which are often written quickly and have little or no editing. Mea culpa and pardonne-moi!

Daisychain said...

For me, I like a real life story, a believable, credible story, with real, true to life characters and a situation I could see myself and Davey in. In other words, as I read, I like to be able to imagine that we are the characters in the story.
I read other stories, and smile/admire the writing style, but I like to lose myself in a book, be swallowed up in it, live it!
Great question, Bonnie! xxxxxx

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