The romance genre is full of different types of romance. I remember a time when all you to chose from was contemporary and historical, so you’d better fully read the back to find out if there were paranormal elements or suspense involved. When it comes to what I write I thought I wrote spicy romance even though the two books I’ve written are for an erotic romance publisher.
At times it’s difficult to explain what I write so I looked it up and with the help of Sylvia Day and her website I found an awesome breakdown. Listed below is one of the best breakdowns I’ve ever seen and so I now know that I do write Erotic Romance…wooo hooo. I feel like a NBC commercial…The more you know *cue the rainbow*
- Porn: stories written for the express purpose of sexual gratification. Plot, character development, and romance are NOT primary to these stories. They are designed to incite the reader to orgasm and nothing else.
- Erotica: stories written about the sexual journey of the characters and how this impacts them as individuals. Emotion and character growth are important facets of a true erotic story. However, erotica is NOT designed to show the development of a romantic relationship, although it’s not prohibited if the author chooses to explore romance. Happily Ever Afters are NOT an intrinsic part of erotica, though they can be included. If they are included, they weren’t the focus. The focus remained on the individual characters’ journeys, not the progression of the romance.
- Erotic Romance: stories written about the development of a romantic relationship through sexual interaction. The sex is an inherent part of the story, character growth, and relationship development, and couldn’t be removed without damaging the storyline. Happily Ever After is a REQUIREMENT to be an erotic romance.
- Sexy Romance: stories written about the development of a romantic relationship that just happen to have more explicit sex. The sex is not an inherent part of the story, character growth, or relationship development, and could easily be removed or “toned down” without damaging the storyline. Happily Ever After is a REQUIREMENT as this is basically a standard romance with hotter sex.
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