It’s a genre as old as story-telling, yet in some
ways that particular form of writing is in its infancy.
What I mean is that when someone mentions erotica,
one of two things often come to mind: creative ways to describe sex, often with
no storyline other than sex, all for the sake of describing sex; or more
recently – thanks to the popularity of Fifty Shades – some sort of story laced
with BDSM, most for the sake of writing about BDSM.
That’s a gross simplification, I understand. But
it’s true. Peruse most titles on Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble. Check out the
websites with erotica fiction on display. Most of them will have thinly
disguised porn or people being tied up and whipped without hint of any larger
story arc or plot line.
If there’s a third incarnation of erotica, it would
be romance with rather explicit love scenes, sometimes filled with what’s best
described as purple prose, in which everyone eventually lives happily
Maybe it’s time for erotica to take another step toward
maturity. Why can’t a science fiction story be a cross-genre work, with main
characters whisking through the universe while engaging in explicit sex scenes
that are integral to the story rather than tacked on for a little shock value?
What about a coming-of-age novel that includes a healthy dose of bondage?
Or, just maybe, a murder mystery that doubles as an
erotica BDSM tale?
My novel, LETHAL OBSESSION, is just that – a dark
suspense story that delves into the world of loneliness, the search for love,
exploration of bondage, and a serial killer who’s getting closer and closer to
the main characters.
The novel will be out March 1, but I’m curious to
know what you think – can bondage and erotica successfully cross into other
genres? Or is erotica cursed to always be alone in its own little corner of the
literary world? If so, is that because the larger readership of the world won’t
accept it in any other genre, or is it because writers simply refuse to stretch
themselves and change the genre?
Don’t be shy – go ahead and put your comments below!