This Gingerbread Man Erotica Is the Spiciest We've Ever Read
Abiding by the internet decree known as Rule 34, gingerbread erotica does exist. We caught up with adult romance author Lynn Hubbard to find out more about her tale of spicy, sugary passion.
You know what they say: 'tis the season. The most wonderful time of the year. The span of a few weeks that best embodies generosity, warmth, and togetherness. And togetherness can mean a lot of different things.
There's a strange but popular little something on the internet called Rule 34, which stipulates that for any conceivable subject there exists some type of related sexual or pornographic content. For example, it would be safe to say that there is probably Mr. Ed-themed erotic fanfic buried on the 'net somewhere—ditto for everything from American Idol to Cathy comics to children's fairy tales. In the spirit of the holidays, I Rule-34'd gingerbread men.
Naturally, the rule was upheld, and I came across an e-book titled The Gingerbread Man: A Scrumptious Erotic Fairy Tale. The book's author, Lynn Hubbard, weaves a tale of a hungry girl named Penelope who comes across a cottage in the woods with a lingering scent of cinnamon and wanders inside to find a life-sized gingerbread man equipped with an impressive "appendage." She simply cannot resist his sugary taste and … well … you can probably guess how things proceed. Let's just say it involves icing and "dunking sticks."
I called up Lynn to ask her about what inspired her to create a seasonally spicy tale.
MUNCHIES: Hi Lynn. How did you get started with writing this type of adult literature? Lynn Hubbard: Well, it's different from my normal style of writing. I typically do historical romance, and in 2011 I was in a writer group that suggested we each write a twisted fairytale. Of course, I wanted some element of romance in it, so I thought of a gingerbread man. I really didn't have any idea where it was going—I just started writing and it sort of took on a life of its own.
Is most of your other writing of the adult persuasion? Yes, my historical books are on the spicier end. I wouldn't really call them erotic, but they do have … detail.
How do you come up with ideas for your stories? Most writers, we hear voices in our head. Usually, a new character will just pop into my head, and bug and nag me until I write them down or they won't go away. Usually I start with one character first, and then I build a world around them, whether it's the Old West or the Revolutionary War, or occasionally I'll do the Civil War. Or a walk through the woods, you know, with the Gingerbread Man.
What kind of response have you received for the story? I like to put humor into all my books, because that's how I see life. I like to lighten the mood and I find it in people around me. The story has a lot of humor in it, even though it's kind of dark and twisted. But I've gotten a really good response. I have new fans from that book. I've talked to a movie producer in California who absolutely loves the story, and I keep trying to talk him into doing a movie. He just shares it all the time and he finds it really cute.
On September I put it on Amazon, but I wrote it back in 2011. It's just been printed around here and there. I had it on some other venues. It's on Barnes and Noble, it's on iTunes, it's all over the internet universe.
Have you heard from people who have a full-blown, fetishistic gingerbread man fantasy? Not yet. I've heard things about cannibalism, food fetishes … I think as a woman you know, I'm totally obsessed with chocolate. We all have our own obsessions. And integrating that with sex.. I could see someone maybe covering a man in buttercream or something from my story. Hopefully thye won't devour him but you never know.
Do you make a lot of gingerbread around this time of year? I don't really cook. The only time I do cook is when I'm baking cookies around the holidays. So it's kind of a warm, toasty, familiar story, and I tried to pick a whimsical design for the cover to offset the horror within.
What's your favorite part of the story? I like when the main character is describing his skin color and it's slightly darker around the edges.
Do you relate to the main character and her penchant for gingerbread men in an erotic sense? Truthfully, I like buttercream frosting and I really don't like gingerbread. I'd rather have a sugar cookie or something. Maybe fruitcake, I don't know. But I had to work with what I had. I mean, the man is supposed to taste like icing and sugar and spice. There are different levels of erotic, and I think this scene is just as erotic as having sex. Especially if they tasted like buttercream—yeah, that would make things interesting.
Would you ever consider doing holiday related seasonal stories? I have another holiday book—it's called The Christmas Crossing. That one's purely Revolutionary War history, but it's about the night that Washington crossed the Delaware, and a lot of people don't know it was on Christmas Eve, so I thought I'd write it more about the Christmas angle. It's my character in that setting; she's waiting for her brother. It's not as much of a full romance novel. But there's a second part, War of Hearts, that's more of a "spicy romance."
Thanks for talking with us.
This post previously appeared on MUNCHIES in December, 2014.