Genre Basics - Erotica - article

The erotica genre intends to arouse the reader. The manuscripts are between 60-80K words. There are many different sub-genres in this category, including women’s erotica, erotic fantasy (that is, erotica in the fantasy genre), erotic memoirs (including the writings of prostitutes) and erotic romance.

Most genres of fiction can have an erotic counterpart, but it would be difficult to find an erotic version of the mainstream novel. Traditionally, the audience of the erotic novel is men, but there are certain sub-genres that might appeal more to women, such as the erotic romance, which takes the standard romance novel to a more intense level. 

Basically, any genre can become an erotic genre, as long as it has a place for sex--explicit sex scenes, to be precise. The principal thing that separates an erotic fantasy novel from say, a standard fantasy novel, is that the erotic fantasy novel has much more explicit sex with intense sex scenes. Romance novels might be a gateway to the erotic women’s novel, but the romance novel has more emphasis on the sweet relationship between the characters, where, the erotic novel is more tuned in to the sex acts. This is one reason the traditional audience of the erotic novel is male--because the sexual emphasis drives the story, making it the erotic novel that it is.

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