Unfortunately, we live in a society where women are often made to feel like sex is a man’s game. We’re not supposed to like things that appeal to our sexy side – and if we do we fear we’re not normal or that we’ll be perceived as trampy.
Erotic fiction can be traced to the Marquis de Sade. The 1954 book “The Story of O” brought sexual fiction into the limelight – though not acceptance. Sexual stories with female protagonists have been a historically hard sell to those who control the publishing industry.
While men have always had outlets for their erotic fantasies, women are finally coming around to creating – and embracing – their own. So where does erotica fall in comparison to romance on one side and pornography on the other? Erotica writers can tell a story.
Unlike porn you’ll find complexity of character, moral dilemmas, and non-sexual situations mixed in with lurid details. But it’s not exactly a romance novel. Romance novels use flowery language to detail the down and dirty, but erotica writers aren’t afraid to cut to the chase.
With $1.2 billion a year in romance novel sales and increased demand for the saucier stuff, publishers are now calling Erotica a growth category. Major publishing houses like Harlequin have devoted entire lines to erotica, and there’s no sign the genre’s going anywhere any time soon. So if you’re feeling like your love life needs some spice, pick up a saucy read.
Some are even waterproof – so you can read them in the bath. Check out this one: Aqua Erotica: 18 Stories For a Steamy Bath, and watch the sparks fly!
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