Erotica…What it is…What it isn’t…
This is what Wikipedia says about Erotica…
Erotica (from the Greek ἔρως, eros “desire”) is any artistic work that deals substantively with erotically stimulating or sexually arousing subject matter. All forms of art may depict erotic content, including painting, sculpture, photography, drama, film, music or literature. Erotica has high-art aspirations, differentiating it from commercial pornography
Erotica and Pornography – Distinction is often made between erotica and pornography, although some viewers may not distinguish between them. A key distinction, some have argued, is that pornography’s objective is the graphic depiction of sexually explicit scenes.
But I’ll just talk about books here. Erotic is everywhere these days. And if it has high-art aspirations…I’m not seeing it. Just because there is some semblance of a story line doesn’t mean it’s high-art and not porn. After all, Fifty Shades of Grey was called Mommy-Porn. And you can read about sexual encounters with were-animals, shapeshifters, vampires, all kinds of aliens, dinosaurs, and even…yes…wait for it…that’s right…Bigfoot. It’s all called monster-porn.
There is an author, Virginia Wade, that was making $30,000…yes, that’s thirty thousand dollars…a month with her series on human women and Bigfoot. Shesh. Her dad edits all her books for her, too. ACKWARD. And why does she write Bigfoot Erotica? Aren’t you glad you asked? Aren’t you even happier I know the answer to that question? She began writing Bigfoot smut “after getting annoyed with how boring the erotica community had become.” I’m sure the thirty thou a month didn’t hurt either. However, it now seems that Amazon is clamping down on books about sex with cryptids. Go figure.
I know I don’t want to read about kinky threesomes between a human woman and two shapeshifting cowboys, one a wolf and the other a black panther. I don’t care how many different positions they can get themselves into. I don’t want to read about these encounters on every other page either. And I really don’t want to read about the cowboys starting to shift while they are doing the funky chicken. Really.
Basically it’s the graphically descriptive, purple prose sex scenes that drive the story in Erotica. Really? Whatever happened to the plot driving the story? Whatever happened to character development? Like in Romance. You know. Good old fashioned, in Love, Romance. Defined thusly:
Romance usually refers to romantic love, i.e., love emphasizing emotion over libido.
And then there’s this, By Elyse from Smart Bitches Trashy Books
“The best sex, at least in romance novels, is often infused with emotion, whether it’s angst or joy, and it shows the characters in a meaningful way. When it’s also hot and reflects the average person’s sexual experience without resorting to purple prose? That’s golden.”
So there you have it. Erotica – It’s porn with a story line. Romance – It’s a love story.
I’ll stick with the love stories and why not when there are guys like this to look at…
Mads Kolkin Saratuen
What do you think? Would you rather fantasize about these guys…or Bigfoot. Leave a comment. I want your opinion. Thanks.