*Grin* I’ve got your attention, haven’t I?
I’ve been enjoying Lany’s links to articles. I thought I’d take a moment and voice my opinion.
Sexual explicit stories without ROMANCE is NOT part of the ROMANCE genre. And I personally feel should not be marketed as such.
If a story doesn’t have a HAPPY EVER AFTER it is NOT romance.
The new “thing* is HAPPY FOR NOW endings. If a ROMANCE doesn’t at least have a HAPPY FOR NOW ending it is NOT in the ROMANCE genre.
What is it then, some may ask? Porn. Or for those that prefer the more gentle term, it is erotica. Sex. Sex. Sex. And MORE sex for the simple sake of sex.
Do I have something against those who write in the erotica genre?
Nope, not at all. I’m betting there are many good erotica authors out there. After all writing love scenes in a romance is challenging enough, I can't imagine the work erotica authors put into their stories. The only thing I ask is please do not market them as a romance.
I’ve been reading the romance genre since my senior literature teacher gave me a copy of Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss. I have read every genre in romance from inspirational where there is either fade to black sex, or no sex at all, to erotic romance.
There are many great writers in all genres of romance, all with their own allotment of sexual content. As the erotic romance market grows I do hope those authors who -up until now- don’t start writing heavy, explicit sexual content simply to get “in” on the erotic romance boom. I bet many of us can name favorite historical authors who jumped to the romantic suspence genre when it exploded into a craze. I for one still desperately miss a few faves who used to write historicals.
Some of us have to have it. (Sex) I think good sex is part of a good relationship. For me sex is part of romance.
Angela Knight is very talented at writing erotic romance. Very, VERY talented. She’s posted an article on her blog titled STEAM 101. It’s a must read for any romance writer. http://angelasknights.blogspot.com/