Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Guest Blog and Giveaway: Kari Gregg on The Draw of Dubcon

Today brings the fabulous Kari Gregg back for a guest blog spot, here to talk about why... dubcon.  Welcome back darlin', the Place is all yours.

The Draw of Dubious Consent

Anybody who knows me also knows I'm all about the dubcon/capture fantasy. I love reading it -- I started writing it because I couldn't find enough available in the market to keep up with my voracious appetite (especially not the kind of dubcon I wanted to read). Hell, 2 out of my 3 titles this fall/winter are dubcon/capture fantasies. I'm on record as saying I'd write nothing else if I could get away with it.


What is it about dubcon, right? Why the fascination? It's just slave fic (and variations thereof). Slave fic's been around forever...right?


And no.

Not the way I want it and not the way I want to write it, either. One of I, Omega's beta's caught me off guard, doesn't know how deeply what was said in a stray comment impacted me (guess you know now, dude, LOL), but said that I write "intelligent" dubcon. Because my stories make readers uncomfortable. THANK GOD. I want the muddying of free will to not sit right in your belly. I want you to be outraged. I want you to be sad for my hero. And scared. I want you to work your way through my hero's emotions as he struggles with his circumstances and struggle right along with him -- with the want but also the horror that encompasses the want.

The lure of capture fantasy, dubious consent, slave fic, whatever you want to call it, is control. Who has it, who wants it, who is giving it up. Willing? Or not? In real life, I'm in charge of a six figure budget. I run a food pantry and I'm heavily involved in several other programs. I call the shots and make the decisions, every day. I make things happen and if I don't make it happen, it doesn't get done. Period. As such, NOT calling the shots or making those decisions can be soooooooooooo incredibly appealing. At the same time, horrifying. But also enthralling.

Good dubcon -- the dubcon I like to write and what I love to read -- needs to show that contradiction, the push-pull of giving up control (which can be wonderfully liberating) and being pushed to give up that control (which is about as far from liberating as you can get). That contradiction should stir your own inherent conflict and then FEED IT. Make it grow. Let it evolve until you share in the confusion, the outrage, the fear and pain of the hero, and then win you over. Just like Hero2 wins over poor Hero1. The best dubcon courts and seduces you in spite of the fear and horror. In spite of your initial gut-level FU about giving up that control. The very best dubcon makes your read EXPERIENTIAL.

That is the lure of dubcon, why I love reading it and why I adore writing it. The hero's struggle is your struggle -- Give me a chance to seduce you. I dare you.

This week’s giveaway…Kari Gregg backlist book of choice. (excludes Collared)

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  1. Kari, you can"feed" me anytime---LOVE your work!


  2. I've always been hesitant to read things labeled "dubcon" because it's a vast area of gray between consent and nonconsent and the author's handling of it really makes it either enjoyable (in addition to/including what you're discussing above) or not (aka, toeing the line of consent a little too hard). 

    But I'm looking forward to experiencing it "intelligently" :)

  3. I have read many published books and fanfic that have been labled dubcon. Why do I like it? It is fiction, fanatsy. An escapeism from "real life" where the dubcon described probably would be considered rape and the HEA or HFN that I crave surely would not be the outcome.

  4. Well, mission accomplished on both scores (discomfort and seduction) for Collared.

  5. I occasionally read Dubcon, 'couse I like to experiment. Not avoiding it, but not specifically looking for it either. Though I would love to read Kari's take on it! :)

  6. I haven't read any dubcon, but have always been interested in it.  I'll have to pick up one of your books and check it out.


  7. Thank you for explaining what dubcon is.  I've seen it listed but wasn't sure what is stood for.  I've read a few books falling under this category and they're intense, but I found myself drawn into them.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  8. I neverf really knew what the sabel was but I find myself drawn to these types of stories.  The whole taken against your will and "forced" to do what you don't want.Like a secret wish.  I enjoy your writing I really loved Spils of War.

  9. Very interesting post! I love dubcon but hadn't ever thought of it this way. Thanks for sharing :-)

  10. I will admit I'm not a huge fan of dub con because it's rarely done well I have started collard and am loving it So u may change my mind :-D

    Sarah S

  11. I haven't read any dubcon, but I think that will change with Collared.

    mariaml254 at yahoo dot com

  12. arella3173_lovelessNovember 30, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Mff~ LOVE Dubcon. 
    So long as in the end they're in a good happy place I don't mind what the characters go through and all. LOL... 
    Sad to say I actually like it when one of the characters has suffered abuse or something horrible and then he has this strong Alpha Male or this innocent caring man to help clean up the mess. lol... 

    Ah~ Just love it when the bottom is manhandled into submission... Just... HOT. lol..
    Love your books so much for feeding my sadistic streak. lol... 

    Judi P
    arella3173_loveless @

  13. I have client who I do yoga with, who just loves the fact that I tell what to do for an hour. She doesn't have to make ANY decisions!

  14. Oooh, perhaps I need to move I, Omega up on the list.
    Thanks for the post! =)

  15. I am a fan of Dubcon, I find it very sexy.  I love the whole "I shouldn't want it, but I do".

  16. I too like dubcon stories (although I was not familiar with the term) and dom/sub stories. I guess I have some sub fantasies and these stories feed into that.
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  17. Wow, thanks for commenting guys! Dubcon definitely pushes all my favorite buttons. Happy to see so many others enjoy it or are willing to give it a try too. :D

  18. Loved the post; it was a great read.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  19. I can't wait to read Conquered.  I loved "I, Omega"



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