Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Built for Speed: Fast Girls

I've always admired "fast girls." Secretly, or not so secretly, wanted to be one. One of "those" girls.  Fast Girls, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, is filled with stories about "the girl with a reputation, the girl who goes all the way, and the girl who goes after what she wants–and gets it!" 

Did anyone reading this ever look longingly at the prim and proper good girl and think to ourselves "I want to be her?" Noooooooooo. Well, at least I didn't. I wanted to be the girl in the boots with the skirt up to there and the neckline down to here with all eyes glued to her. Her ass, her legs, her breasts, her hair, all of her. Ha! Did I just say that???? Yeah, I did. Sometimes I am that girl (despite being old enough to be her mother). Because, as it says in the introduction to this anthology: "Fast is a (sexy) state of mind." 

Isn't it true? It's more a state of mind than anything else.

One of the things that I really like about the stories in this anthology is that the women/"girls" in these stories are not all amazingly superslutwomen. They're human. They have their insecurities. They don't know-it-all. And they're not necessarily fast in the traditional sense of "promiscuous" but more as in holding fast to their desire. 

And to tell you the truth, I'm not finished with the book. I've been savoring the stories, not plowing through them like fast food. I like the diversity of story-lines. I'm about half-way, getting ready to start "Confessions of a Kinky Shopaholic" by Jennifer Peters. A great title by the way. So far I've liked all the stories I've read, and I'm pretty sure I'll like the rest. That's how this collection seems to be. The Table of Contents and Introduction can be found here, at the Fast Girls blog.

So, how fast are you? If you are brave enough, in the comments, let us know just how fast you are, or have been in the past. Time to 'fess up. And if you wrote one of the stories in the collection, maybe tell us what you like about your "fast girl."

Also, Rachel says that she named the book after a song called "Fast Girls" by a band called Sarge. Here's one of my favorite "fast girl" songs, Stray Cats "Built for Speed."   What's yours?


Vegetarian Cannibal said...

Am I fast? I think some might think so. When I want something, I go for it. At 17 I was dating men 10yrs+ than I was! Fast? I guess that's up for debate. I'm also bisexual, so I've had sex with both girls and guys. I like sex. Not going to lie. :D Does that make me fast? I don't know.

I just don't believe in living a life filled with regrets. Rather than wonder "what if" I prefer to do it. Then I don't have to wonder about what could've been. I'm willing to try and do anything once, lol. I'm happier that way. And I'm not apologizing for any of it.

Kristina Wright said...

I do have a story in this lovely collection! "Chasing Danger" is about a highway patrol officer who likes the adrenaline rush of her job. Being a writer, it's fun to imagine what it would be like to work in a dangerous profession. Do I want to be her? Oh no... but it's fun to step into another woman's uniform and contemplate what I would do in that situation. Which is why I think Fast Girls is such a great anthology-- we get to live vicariously!

Erobintica said...

Hi Veg (mind if I call you that? hehe). Fast is all a matter of perspective, if you ask me. Yeah, I have a few "what ifs?" that if I had to do it over again... So, good for you!

Kristina, I've not read that one yet! Looking forward to it. Thanks for stopping by.

Vegetarian Cannibal said...

I don't mind if you call me Veg, lol!

Donna George Storey said...

Kristina's story is one of my favorites--very, very hot and dangerous! I consider myself one of those stealth "fast" girls or maybe a literal fast girl in that once I make up my mind, I go all the way in no time. This applies to writing, too ;-)