Sex in Novels Part 2: Erotica Builds Romantic Connection


One thing that I continue to analyze, after all of the articles I have written on banned books throughout history, is why so many contemporary erotica series make it to the head of the line with minimal public outcast. We have a number of books with erotica content built for the attraction of a worldwide audience. But is there something in erotica novels that equals pornography? The movies and other content that are supposed to be held to limited access, but are often released widely?

Difference in Definition: Erotica versus Pornography

Basic definition of erotica: literature or art intended to arouse sexual desire. But the definition of pornography is much more stringent: printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity, intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings. So, basically the intentions of erotica work to arouse sexual desire, but pornography is much more explicit in the full image and activity of sex.

So, I would definitely believe there is something different in whether or not the published novel is a piece of erotica, while the language and emotion of the book are intended to arouse desire. While at times the scenes of a book may have some detailed presentation of sexual activity between characters, there is something about the depth of text that provides a little more internal emotion from the narrator and other characters in the book, rather than the simple visualization of sex that is the simple presence of pornography.

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