There are countless blog posts and articles dedicated to the phenomenon of how popular abuse is in romantic fiction today, as well as an equal amount of scorn dedicated to the idea that some romances perpetuate the idea of unrealistic relationship expectations. There is no denying the overwhelming popularity of these relationships and their portrayal in fiction, but is that healthy? Are young impressionable readers being too influenced by these ideas of ‘romance’ that most would deem damaging and unhealthy? Which is worse?
Many writers will write an erotic or explicit scene at some point in time, and many ask themselves – is this really necessary? Perhaps you’re writing a steamy scene to attract a target audience. Perhaps you’re writing it because it’s important to the plot or character development. Or perhaps you’re writing it because it gets you off.
Hey, I ain’t gonna judge!
No matter the reasoning as to ‘why‘ people write erotic fiction, one thing is obvious; a novel tends to lose it’s credibility as serious literature the moment it crosses the arbitrary line into ‘overtly pornographic’ for the sake of just being erotic, and nothing else.