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Monday, July 23, 2012



Erotica vs. Erotic Romance

There’s been a ton of hype lately about erotica, ever since Fifty Shades of Grey hit all the bestseller lists. Dubbed “Mommy Porn” since women of all ages were reading the book and its two sequels anonymously on their electronic reading devices, the series began its life as Twilight fan fiction. But I digress.

This type of book is really nothing new. That’s what a rather conservative friend told me last week. “It’s not very different or much more risqué than the old Harold Robbins books I read in the eighties. But that was something I did in private so no one would see the book cover and know what I was reading.”

For those of us who write romance on the erotic side, the popularity of Fifty Shadeshas given us hope that our sales will get a nice bump thanks to the fact that so many people have ventured into the erotic fiction world.

But most of what I write is erotic romance and there is a difference. Romance requires several things erotica doesn’t. ER heroes and heroines must get their happy ending. There’s no such requirement for erotica. My characters can be just as flawed or messed up as Grey was in Fifty Shades, but mine must be redeemed by the end of the story. The reader must care about the hero and heroine. They must end up together, even if that’s just for now. Any other ending pushes the book into the erotica category.

Want an example of erotic romance? Check out my book, Protective Custody from Carina Press. I promise you that satisfying ending. Personally, I prefer that. But I read and write my share of erotica. It all depends upon my mood. Here’s a link to one of my most popular erotica stories from Ellora’s Cave, Customer Service.

In fact, I have a brand new release, Desert of Desire, which is an erotic romance short story. Here’s a little about it:

When New York reporter Eve Mason's boss gives her an ultimatum, she's forced to step out of her comfort zone and onto a westbound flight to interview gardening guru Beau Calloway. The last thing she expects is a fling with the reclusive author. But when Beau sweeps her off her feet, she must choose between the comfort of her safe world or the new, unknown landscape in the heart of the desert.
What about you? Do you need that happy ending or are you satisfied with what erotica provides? Leave a comment and I’ll enter three names in a drawing to win a copy of Desert of Desire.


KC Burn said...

I definitely prefer a happy ever after, and I'm quite happy for it to be a hot steamy ride to get there! I've read erotica, too, but I much prefer erotic romance.

Wynter Daniels said...

Thanks, KC. Yeah, I like that hot and steamy ride, too!

Debby said...

I prefer a happy ending. I read for entertainment and escape. A happy ending leaves me with a smile.
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Anonymous said...

Somehow, all of the steamy work I've gotten hold of has that happy ending. Maybe I'm just picky, but I like some kind of resolution.

Wynter Daniels said...

I definitely like that resolution, too. Even if it's just a happy for now.

Karen said...

I'm on the happy ending side, too. I don't mind an occasional slam-bam-thank-you-sir, but I read a story for the story! Otherwise it's just a Playboy column LOL!

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Wynter Daniels said...

Winner Alert! I drew easchechter as the winner of my giveaway! Congrats. And thanks to everyone who stopped by.