The last guest for this week is Rayna from Naughty Editions. Rayna used to post reviews for Literary Escapism, but she got the bug and has started a great review site to go along with her bookstore. She’s already had quite a few guests stop by (), so if you haven’t checked out Naughty Editions yet, make sure you do.
What is the difference between Romance and Erotica?
Well romance, in my opinion focuses more on the relationship and the Happily Ever After. While erotica focuses not solely on the relationship but its describes in detail what is going on in the bedroom of the people involved.. It’s like comparing the movies Time Traveler’s Wife to Wild Things. Romance in storytelling has been around a long time. There are plenty of categories of romance. (See list below) but the big ones right now are Paranormal, Erotica and Fantasy. Paranormal and Fantasy are pretty self explanatory. Erotica may need some explaining.
- Contemporary Romance
- Historical Romance
- Romantic Suspense
- Paranormal Romance
- Science Fiction Romance
- Fantasy Romance
- Time-Travel Romances
- Inspirational Romance
- Multicultural Romance
- Erotic Romance
Generally, romantic novels are sometimes marketed as erotica — the other way around, as “mainstream” romance. And classic example would be my favorite, Iris Johansen’s The Beloved Scoundrel, it was nice and romantic and soft, a defining good first romance book. However, in recent years writers have begun to use blatant descriptions of sex or the act of lovemaking. Erotic romance or erotica is a relatively new genre of romance with an erotic theme and very explicit love scenes, but with a romance at the heart of the story. For example Ellora’s Cave publishes a lot of erotic romance. I myself have been partial to books by Lora Leigh and NJ Walters.
Erotic fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy fiction and utilizes erotica in a fantasy setting. These stories can essentially cover any of the other subgenres of fantasy, such as high fantasy, contemporary fantasy or even historical fantasy. Erotic fantasy is often very similar to romantic fantasy, but is far more graphic and goes into much more detail when describing sex scenes.
In the end it’s all really the same thing. Erotica is just a more graphic form of romance. I think like with all reading tastes each reader needs to know what they like and don’t like. Every genre has its extremes and its lites. Have you read a good romance lately?
Thanks Rayna for a great article! I’ve been reading some great romances lately – Doubleblind by Ann Aguirre (SciFi Romance), Wild Blue Under by Judi Fennell (Fantasy Romance), Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding (Para-Romance) and the anthology Four Dukes and a Devil. What about everyone else?
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