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This is not your run-of-the-mill erotic fiction. Jess C. Scott has invented a new genre. That’s worth 5 of anybody’s stars, isn’t it?
If you don’t believe me, try typing Asian Factual Fiction into Google. Jess completely dominates the first page of results.
Jess seems to be very good at marketing. She has even written two books on it. They’re called something like “Building Your Brand” and “Developing a Positive Mindset.”
I haven’t read them but I’m so impressed by her Google ranking I’m going to drop her a line after this and ask her to be my Brand Consultant. (This review is just to butter her up.)
I’m also hoping she’ll have contacts in the Taiwanese underworld who can help me bump off a certain Taiwanese rock star with a name disturbingly similar to mine.
Oh, but the Wu clan is everywhere. You can’t kill us off.
Anyway, back to the book.
We all know that sex in real life is full of problems. The hot chick you lust after treats you like a douchebag in the great toilet of life. The guy you send your risk-everything nude pics to after weeks of flirtation tells you that you jumped to the wrong conclusion. Although you’re a girl with lesbian sympathies, you feel nothing at all for the luscious lesbian babe who wants to show you the meaning of Nirvana. Besides, you want to lose your virginity and doing it with another woman doesn’t count!
Factual sex is sometimes not quite so much fun as fantasy sex. And so it is with factual fiction versus fantasy fiction.
What I like about the three stories in this book is that they show what it feels like to want to have sex, with all the tortured self-doubts and frustrations that entails, without ever becoming pornographic or lewd.
If there’s one word that comes to mind when I read these stories it’s realism. I suppose that’s the “Factual” part. Then again, the stories show imagination. Hence the “Fiction.”
You can probably guess why the word “Asian” is in the title. If not, here’s a clue. The young Chinese girl lying in the window is stark naked. Yes! Stark naked! And she wants you to look at her.
Is that hot?
I am going to take a rest from posting book reviews for a bit and instead jot down my thoughts on Chinese books available in English. Many such books portray modern China as a miserable place that is still stuck in the times of Chairman Mao. Those days have gone but it is understandable that people want to publish books about them because people couldn’t speak or write freely at the time.
But China is changing fast.
One of the best selling Chinese-English books in recent years was Shanghai Baby. This book caused a sensation because it was about a young Chinese girl from Shanghai who had an affair with a German. It was supposed to be sexually explicit, bold and autobiographical.
It was banned in China when it was first published in 1999 and that’s one of the reasons it sold a lot of copies in the English translation. A lot of Chinese people who could read English bought copies and passed them around.
In fact the story is very thin and the sexual content is tame by western standards but it hit a nerve for two reasons. Firstly, Shanghainese women have a fearsome reputation in China. In public, every Chinese woman hates and despises those Shanghai babies who can twist men round their little fingers. In private, every Chinese woman wishes she could have that power and wants to learn their secrets.
Secondly, many Chinese women at that time were obsessed with western men. Women like Wendi Deng, who seduced a series of western men on her way up to media mogul Rupert Murdoch, served as a role model. Western men were seen as a passport to the west and a better standard of living.
That’s not the case anymore. Nowadays many Chinese men are fast becoming billionaires and ordinary Chinese people in some provinces can already enjoy a better standard of living than middle-income families in the west.
But because change is happening so fast, prejudices and habits of thought are struggling to keep up. Some Chinese women still aspire to be like those Shanghai babies because they think that’s the only way to a better life. Some westerners still believe Chinese people are either decadent or oppressed.
And Chinese books published in the west still pander to these two major misconceptions.