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cowboy
05-07-2006, 11:27 PM
Hello again, everyone. I'd like a CLEAR DISTINCTION between erotica and erotica romance. The following is what I think, and correct me if I'm wrong (smile):

o Both are NOT porn, but writing which is sexually explicit. Both genres can also contain delicously salacious metaphors which describe the sexual activity.

o Erotica details the explicit sexual adventures of the various characters
(be they gay, bi, or lesbian).

o Erotica Romance does the same, but the basis for the sex is the love and passion the characters (couple) feel(s) for each other.

So, guys, whaddaya think? Thanks.


Cowboy.

veinglory
05-07-2006, 11:37 PM
I write both so let me try and give you my take on it.


"o Both are NOT porn, but writing which is sexually explicit. Both genres can also contain delicously salacious metaphors which describe the sexual activity."

If pornography mean writing about sex, both are porn. If porn means writing badly, both aim not to be. Porn is treated as a derogatory word but frankly it's time the sex-writing genres got over that IMHO. Both tend to use metaphors sparingly in favour of being explicit -- but erotic romance runs over a wide range from sensual and suggestive to explicit and detailed.


"o Erotica details the explicit sexual adventures of the various characters
(be they gay, bi, or lesbian).
o Erotica Romance does the same, but the basis for the sex is the love and passion the characters (couple) feel(s) for each other. "

Erotica includes fiction where characters may be very sketchy and plot minimal in favour of just relating a sexual scenario. In the end it is a ctach all phrase for writing about sex and trying to write well.

Erotic romance is writing about sex in the context of genre romance requirements which tend to include that by the end fo the book the characters be in a committed long-term romance relationship and that the ending of the book be happy--allowing them to be together in a positive life situation (the 'happily ever after' or HEA). The romantic unit need not be straight or limited to two people (depending on the publisher)

kristin724
05-08-2006, 01:28 AM
I think my trial and error 'sex in space' diddy is coming out to have an unintentional romantic bend. These characters that started out cranky and hot and heavy have really warmed into a caring and trusting relationship. I'm curious now as to how I can end it.

Originally I hope for a series or serilization with a tongue in cheek bend. What is there to do on these long space flights but to do it?! Now I want to resolve these characters and give them the destination of understanding with each other.

Does that make sense? I don't think it's a bad turn, though. There can be sequels with them married, right? ;-)

Writer2011
05-09-2006, 01:36 AM
I'm a bit confused myself...is erotica porn? I recently purchased HOW TO WRITE A DIRTY STORY and what I got from it is that erotica can be what you make it...it can be a love story and have emotion, ect. If someone would like to PM me on this, it would be mostly appreciated since I don't come on here that often..:)

veinglory
05-09-2006, 02:40 AM
Pornography can also be romantic and have emotion. 'Pornography' says a story includes sex, it does not say what it excludes. Erotica says a story includes sex and has pretensions of some sort.

In practise people who are too uptight to be associated with 'porn' call equivalent material erotica, but a penis by anyother name is still a penis. Sex writing is sex writing, good writing is good writing and bad writing is bad writing.

Drawing a distinction between pornography and erotica says more about the person's perceptions than the story's content (IMHO, again).

James Buchanan
05-09-2006, 04:38 AM
I write porn with plot. I call it erotica because I like to use fancy sounding words ;)