Me: "Personally, my definition differs from mainstream."Here is my definition is a nutshell -
Me: "I think it'll be a blog post."
- Erotica: That's a book with main story line is a sexual encounter
- Romance: That's a book with two characters who's end result is a Happily Ever After
- Think Erotica as - Jenna Jameson's "Sugar"
- Think Romance as - Stephanie Meyer's "Twilight"
Are we closer to understanding my definition now? Personally, I have no clue how Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. assign literature to the different labels or genres, but they do. And, I don't agree. What seems to be the opinion of JQ Public is any romance novel with sex in it is erotica.
Let me share this with you: A 2006 article in USA Today said 95% American have premarital sex. So, at this point, I pretty much believe any characters in my romance novels that become involved are going to have sex. Now, you may wish the author not to give you a blow by blow description of every touch, movement or act. That’s fine because that is what Nora Roberts is for. But just because the book has sex in it does not make it erotica to me. The sexual encounter may be erotic, as it’s sexually stimulating in parts, but the overall story arc is the personal relationship or the romance. Got it? If I classify as erotica, the story line has not a thing to do with the relationship; it’s strictly about the sex.