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Sex in Novels Part 2: Erotica Builds Romantic Connection

Updated on August 12, 2018
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Sara has been a Freelance Writer and Editor since 2007, currently in Cincinnati, OH. With a lifelong dream of writing this is it for her!

Introduction

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.

Definitely One Famous Contemporary Series Faces this Difference

What is there that we can appreciate more seriously in the erotica content of novels like the famous Fifty Shades series originally launched in 2012? Does it have something more serious and effective than pornography that appears to only work for sexual effect?

It appears that this series, definitely one in content of erotica, contains a great deal of romance combined with the sexual relationship of the two leading characters. While there is something to be questioned of what Christian Grey thought originally of young Ana, the sensual connection between the two of them grew to attraction, romance and love, then finally leading to a quick marriage. So the question remains as to whether this is erotica that breaks away from standard literature. Is there too much sex? Or is the sex between these two beloved characters allowed to be seen as strong love?

In Line with Banned Sexual Novels of the Past

Thinking back to the analysis of authors like Henry Miller and Kate Chopin among many others, it is incredible to think that novels like the Fifty Shades series were able to overcome this challenge and enter into fame so quickly. Despite a minor challenge upon initial publication, these books were not banned like those early in the 20th century. It's incredible to know that novels today are able to provides a much more open perspective to a relationship, both in the bedroom and emotionally. While it is able to see that all of these pieces of love, both physical and emotional, are key to the completion of love. That is one of the prime factors in being able to see that erotica is much more emotional than pornography that is removed from the public eye.

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