You have your ‘sweet’ romance, the Christian and YA romance, which are love stories with no bedroom action at all and then you have ‘hot’ romance where the characters get up to a lot of rough and tumble between the sheets (or even not between the sheets and just ANYWHERE!)
So, what’s the different between ‘hot’ romance and erotica?
Basically, it’s the story—or so I’m told.
Romance has more plot and often, a happy ever after, and if the sex was taken out, the plot would stay the same. But if you removed the sex from an erotic novel, you’d lose the essence of the book completely.
Lainy Swanson from a Bunch of Book Bloggers believes as soon as there are graphic sex scenes then it’s erotica. She says, ‘Everyone counts Mills and Boon as romance and there is usually some kind of scene, confined to one page (it has been a while since I read one) but the rest of the book has more focus on the build-up of the relationship/romance. I think once it gets into the sexy details it turns to erotica.’
But what do you think? I’d love to know! Could it be that certain sexual positions or sex acts make you think it’s erotica? Or could it be words that the author uses i.e cock, orgasm? Or is it just personal?
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T E Kessler