Porn, Erotica & Romance Novels: Why Deciding For Yourself Is Important

I happened across this article about romance novels and whether or not they can be considered erotica or porn, and by whom. This author points out that it should be the reader who makes that ultimate decision and that all such novels should not be lumped together under one, often pejorative. label.

As the author of a erotic romance myself, I found the points raised in this article, and in the lengthy comment which accompanies it, rich food for thought. I hope you will, too.

A Place Of My Own

It’s been a long debate. What is the difference between porn and erotica? How fine is the line between erotica and porn and is it really easy to tread between the two? How are they any different from the mess of other terms associated with smutty explicit content?

When I first started writing novels, almost ten years ago now, I investigated the traits of many many genres and, despite being a kid back then, I could understand the meaning of most of them and what they entailed.

By the definition there was back then ‘porn’ was considered a novel in which it was probably about 80% sex and 20% actual plot, with emotions and some development. It was considered ‘porn’ because the sex scenes would usually delve into very explicit detail of the physical aspects and not as much the emotional. See, then there wasn’t a massive difference when compared…

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