Some Like It Hot – Erotic Levels in Fiction

Have you checked out HBO or Cinemax late at night? Or even some of your regular television channels? Although a lot of Europeans still regard Americans as prudish, our media has definitely been turning up the heat over the past several decades. This includes the world of written fiction.
The romance genre in general has opened its arms (among other body parts) to scenes with intense sexual content, and erotica tops the sizzling charts just below the X-rated material. One of the best things about erotic romance is that it carries the whole vicarious thrill all the way into the bedroom. In a way, all readers are acting as voyeurs when they spy on the lives of the characters, including on the building of the characters’ romantic relationship. When that relationship lands them between the sheets, why not follow? The question is whether you want just a peek or a front-row seat for the whole show?
The degree of spice in a work of fiction is a function of the language, description, and detail in each of the love scenes. Are there two people involved? Three, four, or more? What positions do they take, do they use slang or medical terminology versus euphemisms or metaphors, and are there toys or other equipment involved?
Everybody has their preference in level of graphic intensity. Thanks to the variety of works out there, there’s plenty to choose from, so it’s just a matter of finding the right story for you. So you have to ask yourself: how hot do you like it?

6 responses to “Some Like It Hot – Erotic Levels in Fiction

  1. Very insightful. Whatever your feelings, do not be judgemental. We all like different things.

  2. I like a variety of detail in a book. IMHO, if every third scene in an erotic romance contains extended & graphic sex, I find it a bit boring. There are times when leaving what happens next to the reader’s imagination produces a high that’s more satisfying than the details. If your lovers have been passionate throughout the book, it doesn’t hurt to leave while they’re engaged in an activity that you can tell will lead to more.

    In contrast, an erotica (at least one or more steps more intense than an erotic romance) leaving the reader without the details may prove more frustrating than satisfying. Marketing the book to the right genre and readers is important. If one is expecting intense and detailed sex in what’s labeled erotica, but discovers too late that the book is erotic… then even if the fades are staged in dramatic fashion, the scene won’t satisfy. It would be like buying broccoli and discovering green beans. Same color, both beggies, but not at all the same thing.

    When I want a hotter book, I buy erotica; for my usual consumption and enjoyment, erotic romance is ideal. I see that as a blend of explicit sex and a few teasing scenes to keep me reading and interested.

  3. Okay, that should be “both veggies” not beggies. >_< Although if you like beggies, go for it. =^_^=

  4. Hey, Kayelle, I was tinking up some great qualifications for what constitutes ‘beggies’. And all erotic!

  5. I’m with Simone. “Beggies” has potential. I’m just relieved to see I’m not the only one who does typos in her posts. That’s why I appreciate editors so much, :-).

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