Posted on July 30, 2020 at 2:34 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The BBC recently highlighted three 2020 releases — all of which we’ve featured on our newswire, at various points — that were conceived well before our current pandemic but that call it to mind.

(To be fair, Emma Donoghue’s The Pull of the Stars was released earlier, in recognition of its eerie relevance, but it, like Maggie O'Farrell’s Hamnet and Lawrence Wright's The End of October was written before COVID-19 emerged.)

But as we said, we’ve shared news about these books before — and plenty of readers are seeking escapism nowadays, versus all-too-accurate drama.

Enter lockdown erotica!

A popular steamy-fiction website noticed such a surge in quarantine-themed stories that it decided to host a contest to benefit charity, reports the Guardian.

So how, as the Guardian put it, did these authors make COVID and lockdowns seem romantic or sexy?

Common themes include unexpected quarantine partners, isolated voyeurism, and passion with PPE.

Head over to the Guardian to see the authors of these lockdown erotica analyze the role of COVID in present and future fiction, as well as the role of literature during any type of crisis.

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