I’ve been asked to write an article about erotic fiction. One of the topics they suggested was “the myths of erotic fiction”, another was “what do people who don’t read erotic fiction need to know”, and there was also a question about those of us who write it. So if you know someone who doesn’t read erotic romance, send them over here to share (no flaming please), or tell me yourself some of the myths you’ve heard. If you write erotic fiction, tell me some of the commonly-asked questions or comments that make you blink. I know I’ve had readers who think that I live the lifestyles of my characters. What myths have you heard that you think I should address?

Myths of Erotic Romance

3 thoughts on “Myths of Erotic Romance

  • October 6, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I write contemporary category romance, but the question I always get is “Are you always aroused and thinking about sex?” I imagine erotica authors get that a lot, too. It really ticks me off.

  • October 7, 2011 at 8:25 am

    I’m seconding Vicki: I keep getting emails that are quite a bit about how readers imagine *my* sex life. You know, just because I’ve written about knife play and fisting, my partner is losing a lot of blood in bed and walking funny for a week… errr, NO.

    I think another big myth (from “serious writers”) is that sex is “cheap” and “easy” to write. Bad sex is, good sex so isn’t. It’s its own art, one discipline among many that authors can work hard at.

  • October 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    That writing sex is easy &/or that sex takes up the place of plot and characterization. Maybe bad sex does, but *good* sex advances plot, enriches characterization. And it isn’t easy to write. Nowhere near.

    LOL @ Aleks. ;-p

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