Taking The Plunge : Porn? Erotica? Sexy Romance? What’s the difference?

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August 10, 2012 by thebookslayer

Horst P. Horst's "Round The Clock I"Have been thinking ‘What is this‘ ever since you picked up 50 Shades? Is it  Erotica? Porn? Or just a really Hot Steamy Romance?

Well you have come to the right place because I am going to have a little heart to heart with you, dear reader. I am going to discuss the differences in these areas because I don’t know about you but I really hate being accused of reading Porn when it is just a Steamy Sexy Romance Novel. But hey that might just be me.

Let me start off by saying that I used google to help me out.  Yes, google and me are tight we see each other everyday and google gladly shares all. While on my search to find the best way possible to explain these differences so that you, dear reader, might better understand the type of books you are looking into reading or have read my journey lead me to Slyvia Day‘s blog. That’s right. I kid you not she had the best explanation I found and I found quite a few.

So without further ado I will break down the different levels of naughtiness.
  • Porn: stories written for the express purpose of causing sexual titillation. Plot, character development, and romance are NOT primary to these stories. They are designed to sexually arouse the reader and nothing else.

I have to be honest I do not think I have read many books like this. The closest I could come to this one was Tempting the Beast by Lori Leigh. Let’s just say I did not like this book and wish I could forget I ever read it. But you if you want a few more details click the link below.

Tempting the Beast (Breeds #1)

My Thoughts on GR

Are you starting to see things a little differently yet? This term has been thrown around as if it’s an all-encompassing term for anything sexual. Nope not even close. Let’s take a look at our next term that you might have heard.

  • 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.

The only book that comes to mind with this one is The Siren by Tiffany Reisz.

The Siren (The Original Sinners, #1)

My Review 

I think The Siren hits all the points of Erotica. It truly is a stand out book and once you read this you will understand some of the differences between this area and the next… Erotica 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.

Did a light come on for you as well? Let’s look at some examples.

Books that come to mind:

The first book I ever read in this area wasn’t the best but I will always remember it. This book also introduced me to BDSM.

Wild Irish Series by Mari Carr

Come Monday (Wild Irish, #1)

Come Monday by Mari Carr

Leader of the Pack

Leader of the Pack (I don’t remember why I read this book but it has shifters and it is Hot! This was the first menage book I ever read so it will always be remembered.)

Kamikaze by Moira Rogers (This was Short & Hot! My one wish is that it was longer.)

Kamikaze (Last Call, #1)

Masters of the Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair (fell in love w/ BDSM books b/c of this series)

 

Club Shadowlands Dark Citadel Breaking Free Lean On Me Make Me, Sir To Command and Collar

Black Dagger Brotherhood – Vishous

Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #5)

Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward (This one was debated over and a few other people felt it deserved to be put in this category so here it is!)

Sinners on Tour (This series is on Fire!)

Backstage Pass (Sinners on Tour #1)

Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning

Bloodmates (So-So but the Boxer/Brief game was fun to read about)

Kiss and Tell (Bloodmates, #1)

Kiss and Tell by Sandy Lynn

Now we are going to step away from the Erotica title and move into Romance books. Here is where the line blurs a tad and people start referring to Sexy Romance books as Erotica.

  • 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.

I think this explanation was the best one. There are plenty of books that I have read that just don’t fit into the Erotica genre but they have their moments of Hot Steamy Sex but it isn’t necessary for the plot development.

Books that come to mind under this are:

Liberating Lacey

Liberating Lacey

Fifty Shades Trilogy

My Fifty Shades of Grey Review    My Fifty Shades Darker Review

Black Dagger Brotherhood Boys by J.R. Ward (This series is the first one that I can recall reading in this area.)

Midnight Breed Series by Lara Adrian (Went straight to this series after BDB. I love it!)

Rock Chick Series by Kristen Ashley

Also by Kristen Ashley is her Dream Man Series

Fast Track Series by Erin McCarthy

Lord of the Underworld Series by Gena Showalter

A great Historical Romance in this area is :

Lords of Vice Series by Alexandra Hawkins  (Let’s just say that I will never look at a pearl necklace the same ever again. )

 

I am sure there are a few more I could add but I think I have covered the areas well enough. My point for doing all of this came down to hubby asking why I read so many erotica books. Well I had to come up with a way to point out that not all these books sitting around the house are erotica, even if you see a half-naked man on the cover.

This has also lead to a future post (time yet to be determined) where I will point out all the ways my Erotica/Romance novels are really not that different from a few well-known series that my hubby reads. Yes, we do enjoy bantering back and forth.

Back on topic. I hope that you enjoyed having a few things cleared up. I know that I have thought about these terms for a while and feel they needed to be shared.

Feel free to add in any other series that you can think of in the comments. I am always looking for new great reads. If you want to debate on one that I mentioned then go ahead. That is what is fun about GR. Everyone will see things differently, but this is how I see it.

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

2 thoughts on “Taking The Plunge : Porn? Erotica? Sexy Romance? What’s the difference?

  1. talksupeblog says:

    Very enlightening. I don’t like reading porn too, I prefer it live action! I’d like to add Cabin Fever by Alice Gaines to the “porn” list.

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