from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Literature or art intended to arouse sexual desire.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Erotic literature or art.
- n. Sexual images or objects.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. creative activity (writing or pictures or films etc.) of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire
Reading some good erotica is a great gauge for how sex can be written well – and it ticks all the boxes you mention.
Victorian erotica is pretty mindblowing, and I love the historical period.
All these characters are full and complete, they have real lives just like anyone else, except that – like a lot of regular fiction – they have something fantastic happen to them, and in erotica it tends to be of a sexual nature.
Damnation Books, publishers of horror, dark fantasy, paranormals, thrillers, science fiction and dark-themed erotica, is giving away a 2nd book this week for folks who join their reader's list.
Students of pornography can take heart, however, because more recent erotica is kept there thanks to its copyright library status.
The characters were forgettable, and I got the impression they were written to be that way because who wants real, three-dimensional characters in erotica?!
Anyway, it brings to mind the quote from Gloria Leonard – “The difference between porn and erotica is lighting”.
I think erotica is always sexier with characters you love - that way you care about them when they get their ‘thang’ on.
Clearly marked erotica is the LEAST of your problems if you are a parent of a curious child.
As might be expected, the kimono features heavily in Japanese erotica from time immemorial, and gravure idols are …