Thursday, August 21, 2008

Porn v. Erotica

One of the lists I'm on is in the midst of that debate. I don't know exactly where I fall in all that. I like to read books with sex in them...but with a book, I do want characters I care about and an actual plot that doesn't consist of just transitions between sex scenes.

Yet, visually I'm on Xtube surfing wank videos (not me wanking, I'm on watching guys masturbate kick right now). For that I want longer than a minute but if we're going on 6 you need to do some judicious cutting.

I read sex stories on Nifty and Literotica (a lot) and a good short locker-room scene can be great. I guess it's an expectation of what I'm buying. If I surf a free porn site, I expect wham-bam-thank-you-sir, if I pick up a 200 word erotic novel I want to be entertained and wound up. Even in my mainstream fic reading, if you shut the bedroom door on me I get annoyed. I don't expect hard core ...you can fluffy it up for me, but don't take away my experience of the characters.

I guess that's why I write stories the way I do. Sex is a character at their most raw and vulnerable. People will do and say things while screwing they'd never let happen any other time. It's a chance to explore real depth in a character. So I don't know as I'll ever solve it. The two most cognizant definitions I've heard are:

"I write erotica, he writes porn, and she writes smut." Since it's all in the "who's judging."

the second was on that same list. The difference between Porn and Erotica (according to Cork) is 200%...cause if you call it hard core you can charge about 200% more than if you call it sensual or erotic. As a corrallary to that...I guess it's just plain smut if it's free.

So, I'm off to go surf some smut and see who's wanking for cameras tonight....

3 comments:

Anne Douglas said...

xnxx - while the search function is crappy as all hell, they have much longer vids than pornotube nd the like.

K.A. Mitchell said...

I just had this discussion in critique last night. Sex scenes are where my characters reveal their emotions. It's where their vulnerabilities are exposed. And for me the most romantic part is that sex with X is different than sex with other people.

And yes, fluff it up but cutting the scene is like coming back to the characters after a build up to a fight to find them just explaining it to a friend the next day.

James Buchanan said...

You're feeding porn habit huh, Anne? snort.

And K.A. yeah, you don't have to be graphic, but don't stint the characters.

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