What is erotic (in the context of erotic romance as a subgenre of books)?
I don't really know! I thought it was explicit sex scenes where you don't use euphemisms but names of body parts, where sex is described fully, and where sex is a vital part of the story line. But maybe I'm wrong.
In my trusty dictionary, erotic is defined as: of or pertaining to sexual love; arousing or satisfying sexual desire.
The Virginity Mission is fairly tame with the sex - but she is a virgin. I don't know about you but I didn't take to sex like a duck to water. It took me a while to get the hang of being wild. There's so much to learn first up.
Maybe in the post-50 Shades world, we've moved the goalposts for erotic and it needs to be kinky sex, which I still call BDSM which is a subgenre of erotic.
In my mind there are a lot of different subgenres in the erotic category - BDSM, fetishes, oral sex, anal sex, menages or more, multiple partners, bestiality, golden showers, scat play - and those are just off the top of my head.
In a way, I'd like normal sex to be accepted in every novel, but I think people would be too shocked. For that reason, I believe it still needs a label as a warning. Too many of my family/friends struggle to read my sex scenes because they can't handle that I wrote them (or wrote about sex).
I don't know that many people are ready for normal sex to be fully described, let alone for kinky sex to become normalised as erotic!
I think we're still in a world where sex is strange, something behind closed doors, never to be talked about - and I'm talking missionary sex here!
What do you think? How do you define "erotic" in literature?