Naturist fiction as a genre has been experiencing wonderful growth lately. There are more and more of us who write it, many more and more of us who read it, and with group projects like the Murder in the Nudist Colony anthology, there has been improved visibility. There’s a call out now for contributions to the next collection, Romance in the Nudist Colony!
It seems to me that one of the most important tropes to come out of our collective activity as writers in this genre is the metaphor of nudity as a superpower, or as a way to access superpowers. Across the many intersections with naturist fiction in which we write – science fiction, fantasy, mystery and historical fiction among others – the message often boils down to how nudity allows us to be better, stronger, more perceptive, more intuitive.
In many of the books by P.Z. Walker, nudity is required for the characters to access hidden abilities. Sheila, the heroine of the Naked Crow series, discovers and develops her shamanic abilities in this way. Plenty of other characters in the series enjoy nudity as well, but without any magical or mystical outcome; nonetheless, even those characters eventually feel more attuned to nature and to their humanity through nudity. In a newer series starting with the title See-Through, police officer Emma Nelson discovers a special superpower but, once again, she can only access it when naked. In the Mirror Earth series, we learn that the inhabitants of the naked planet, while not without their own problems, are at least more attuned to their environment and better able to find natural solutions.
In Nick Alimonos’ Ages of Aenya, the heroes Thelana and Xandr are accustomed to nudity even though the society they live in is not. Their nudity is essential to their worldview and to their abilities, not only as battle-hardened warriors but also as decision-makers. They represent an ancestral link to nature in a way that is not so much savage as pure and direct. (It’s important to note that Alimonos does not consider his work to be naturist fiction, but rather fantasy in which there are elements that could be interpreted as naturist in character.)
Source: Naturist Fiction
Original publication 7 September, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 18th September 2020
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