Surprisingly, many people fail to comprehend the difference between erotica and romance. Although the two genres are similar, because sex and love go hand-in-hand, they are extremely different in writing style and overall theme. So, in the spirit of celebrating differences (I don’t know if anyone is celebrating that, but it sounds good) here’s a general breakdown of each book genre.
Erotica – literature or art intended to arouse sexual desire
It’s a genre meant to stimulate your primal side, the part of your brain that embraces that ancient dance. Most erotic novels are relatively short, and showcases it’s sex scenes as the main attraction. It’ll generally have more sex than romance novels and the scenes are usually long with pretty detailed descriptions.
Romance – a book or movie dealing with love in a sentimental or idealized way
It’s a genre that touches the heart and is meant to attach itself to your feelings and emotions, the romantic in all of us. Romance novels can range in length and in steaminess levels, unlike erotica, which is beneficial for people who enjoy variety. The sex in some romance novels are downplayed, others might simply hint at the act but not go into detail. Unlike erotica, romance has a very broad selection that can satisfy youths and adults alike.
Now, I have to admit overall I’m biased because I’m not particularly fond of erotica, although I have read some very good erotic novels; it’s not really my genre. I’m more into storylines and sometimes authors use sex as a fluff to fill a novel (BTW, not cool), which doesn’t make it enjoyable. In addition, 9 out of 10 times sex scenes are just awkward me to read. Which one do you enjoy?