Raythe says …
The poll of forbidden desires had incest as one of the top choices of forbidden desires in fiction.
Now (ahem) those of you who know me at all, know that my catnip is a good incest story, preferably father x son, but I’m good to go with brothercest, too.
One of the stories that convinced me people might support my writing professionally was a fanfic story called Forbidden (Luke x Vader incest) and, on the site, there are two father x son incest serials, The Erl-King and its re-imagining The Fell, and one brothercest fic, Valkyrie.I believe that there are several reasons why incest stimulates us:
(1) True Love
If one is willing to break society’s greatest taboo and fall romantically in love with their parent, child or sibling then it must be true love. Because no one would choose to be so ostracized. Therefore, there is this aura around such a relationship of a far deeper love than the ordinary.
(2) Unconditional Love
Oftentimes, familial love is spoken of as unconditional. Your parents or siblings or children, ideally, will love you no matter what. How different than simple romantic love with someone who can just walk away! Your parent or sibling or child will always have the connection of blood with you. They can never fully walk away. More than likely, that base relationship will keep them trying longer and harder in the romantic arena where a non-related person would have walked away far earlier.
One of the things that I learned about my own preferences in incest was that the older party in the relationship (i.e., the one with more power) had to be the one being chased by the younger person.
Otherwise it would feel too predatory and that was a turn-off to me. But while I know I’m not alone in this, I’m sure there are those of you who feel quite differently.