I was surfing around the web again and found this entry in a blog, and it made me think.
I have read some stories, both store bought, and ePubbed, that were labeled Erotic Romance, that left me cold. Not just as a reader, but disappointed at the quality as a writer. Lynn does a good job in mentioning the lack of craft involved in some stories so I’m going to mention something I’ve found lacking. The EROTIC part of erotic romances.
I’m often disappointed when I read a story that’s billed as an erotic romance when I get to the love/sex scenes. Why? Because in my humble opinion I think there’s more to making a sex scene erotic than just explicitness.
I’ve often heard romance authors say that erotica has no emotion, or no feeling. I disagree 100%. Just because the feelings involved are not LOVE does not mean there is no emotion. To me, the key to making a scene erotic is just how clearly the writer expresses all the feelings of the characters, not how many times they can say ‘cock’ or how many positions their characters fuck in.