I love erotica as a genre both in literature and films. I have a massive list of all erotica ever written somewhere. For some reason female erotic writers write better-or it appeals to me more.
For me what appeals in this genre have little to do with actual sex (or overtly graphic sex). It is the sensual details-the weather, the house, the organic vibe.
There isn’t much quality writeups on this topic.
Yes, I agree women write erotica very well. Perhaps it could be an exploration of Anne Rice writing her Vampire novels vs. her writing as A.N. Roquelaure in the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy vs. her writing as Anne Rampling for her book Exit to Eden. Or an exploration of Anais Nin and her work in erotica. – Venus Echos7 years ago
What makes "bad" erotic literature would also need to be discussed. In my personal opinion, its when the author doesn't create a compelling romance or when things move to fast. The best and most compelling romance, at least in my opinion, are the ones that take their time. Each partner in the romance is explored well enough on their own, that it makes sense why these characters fall in love in the first place. There are so many cliches in the erotica/romance genre as well. – Cagney7 years ago
This is a very interesting topic and I am definitely interested in reading an article about this. When people think about erotica literature, they tend to only think of
50 Shades of Grey" and similar novels. No one ever discusses the main idea behind it, like you said, "the sensual details."
It might be interesting to compare to "Blue Is the Warmest Color," or watch the documentary, "This Film Is Not Yet Rated." It discusses the censorship of female pleasure, which might be helpful for your article. – Nicole Wethington7 years ago
It might be good to look at Kate Chopin (The Awakening) and relating it to similar works. Perhaps you can compare traditional views of sex and it's "purposes" to newer, sexual awakening-type views? For example: to many people, in media it is okay for a male to enjoy sex, but if a female enjoys it she is a slut. Or the double standard of acceptance of male pleasure over female pleasure? Or pleasure in general?
I hope that this was helpful! – Nicole Wethington7 years ago
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