Sunday, August 11, 2013

Damsels in Distress, the Detective

The female detective is a bit different from the other damsels in distress. For one, we can believe that she may actually exist. True, she is still a work of fiction, but unlike the Superheroine, one can assume there really are female detectives. The second part is that she usually has some fighting ability, may have a gun and is smart.
Sure, she gets herself in situations where she is in danger, but not because she wasn’t thinking. Our detective can usually outwit her adversary and escape from their devious plans for her, although not before being held helpless first.

Fortunately for her, usually when she is captured the villains don’t always know what to do with her and have to wait for the boss to show up. So she is tied up, but torture isn’t normally on the agenda because she rarely has any useful information to give them. For example:
Villain: “Who knows you’re here?”
Detective: “No one.”
Villain: “I doubt that’s true.”
Detective: “Okay, the whole police department knows I’m here.”
Villain: “I don’t believe you. You don’t know anything.”

So she is safe because there’s nothing much they want from her. In the meantime she can squirm from her bonds and turn the tables on her captors. In the photos I’ve included Emma Peel from the British TV the Avengers. She was technically a spy, but really did do detective work while wearing very nice black leather outfits. She also did get tied up a few times, often saved by the dashing John Steed. Ah, great memories of those shows.
I do have one detective novel out called To Capture a Star. The victim is in a bit of a nasty situation but our female detective is safe from the villains. As a twist, she does in trouble with her handsome co-detective and he puts her in a difficult position. Please check out the link :)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Superheroines in Distress

I mentioned in the previous blogs about damsels in distress, and I would like to talk about another group in that category: The Superheroine.
The superheroine, of course, doesn’t start out as a damsel in distress. She’s strong, smart and resourceful. In fact she may actually be saving other damsels. Unfortunately, despite her best intentions and planning, the superheroine can find herself in danger. That’s the nature of being a heroine; rushing in to save world means you are going to face some super evil villains.
The circumstances resulting the superheroine suddenly becoming a damsel in distress varies, although it’s usually done by trickery and/or using the superheroine’s secret weakness. Fortunately she is never killed right away when she is rendered helpless.  Rather she is given an opportunity to escape, and normally the villain will laugh with delight as he/she explains the nature of the devious trap. The villain then normally leaves our helpless superheroine alone so she can escape without being caught.
The one thing the superheroine shares with other damsels in distress is when she is captured and rendered helpless, generally she is tied up and part of her clothes are removed. The villain may be planning to kill her, but first he/she wants to humiliate her by the removal of her superheroine costume. This is good for us, as most superheroines are in great shape as evidenced by the revealing uniform that gives a indication of the body underneath.  

Anyway, all is well in the end. The superheroine turned damsel in distress turns back into a superheroine and wins the day- usually. Sometimes it ends with a teaser of the superheroine in distress and you have to wait for the next episode to see what happens. But eventually good triumphs evil and all readers breathe a sigh of relief. 

 I found a few images and have put them in for you to look at. I tried, to some degree of success, to give them a cartoon look. It seems appropriate as I recall knowing most of my superheros through comic books.

Cheers to all the Superheros and Superheroines for saving the world.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Damsels in Distress stories

Writing an erotic (or erotica) story is not too much different than a standard one. There are obvious differences, such sex and perhaps nudity, but both types of story involves creating a situation where the characters are under stress. One type of erotic story is the damsels in distress tale.
One thing nice about this type of writing is that it’s easy to have the stressful situation and usually the hero and villain are well defined. For example the famous damsel tied to railway tracks where the victim is at the mercy of the landlord until our hero steps in (Foiled again!). I think that idea originally came from the Perils of Pauline.
Regardless of how the damsel is put in danger, we can sure of a few things. One, she is pretty and vulnerable to the whims of the dastardly villain. Two, she is going to be tied up, usually with rope. Hopefully some of her clothes are removed or at least rearranged so that she is partly exposed. This may be more worrisome to her than the approaching train. Finally our hero, no doubt strong and handsome and has a knack for showing up at the last critical moment.
One story I wrote about damsels in distress was called Be Careful What You Wish For. In this case our poor damsel was dangling from a rope in a cave, where a dragon was eyeing her. Of course she was wearing a nightgown, suitably torn for the occasion. Will the good knight save her time? Ah, you’ll have to read the story to find out. Spoiler alert: he’s handsome and very good with his sword.