A little back story, I'm currently working on a book where the submissive is kind of a brat, at first anyway. I've read a few kinky stories that have this trope and enjoyed them, but more often then not, I'm just annoyed. Working on this book has been difficult at times because it's a fine line for me between resistance and topping from the bottom.
Bratting has differing meanings depending on who you ask. I think of it in terms of a bottom who enjoys struggling against control or challenging the top. They may purposely test boundaries or act out with the express intention of earning a punishment or attention.
Xeromag defines it as: A submissive who may refuse to obey a dominant's commands, tease or taunt the dominant, or engage in other activity intended to provoke a response, often a punishment response.
If I think about it, the sub in my book isn't exactly a brat, but she does purposely test the boundaries with her new dom in the beginning. Most of her behavior comes from her sarcastic nature which is systematically trained out of her by said dom. So is she truly a brat? Or just in need of harsh training? She probably falls somewhere in between. As the book progresses, she grows into her submission.
This type of submissive is less problematic for me in BDSM fiction compared to the sub who intentionally misbehaves seeking attention and punishment. I have a harder time enjoying books who portray characters like this. And I have an even harder time when they are paired with a dom who gives this type of submissive exactly what they want.
In my personal life, I'm sarcastic and have been known to be resistant. Part of my kink is force. Lucky for me, my partner enjoys making me toe the line. I know that others do not enjoy this particular dynamic, but hey -- your kink is not my kink...blah, blah, blah.
So my question to you: Do you enjoy fictional submissives who engage in bratty behavior? If you're kinky, do you have any bratty tendencies?