Fine Line Between Sex And Porn by Karen Vaughan

I am still trying to work my way around this subject. I am kind of antsy about going overboard in my love scenes so I err on the side of caution as my significant other squirms at smut in my books.  Sex sells right? How much is too much? Is it the degree of description that makes a scene border on pornography or is it the frequency of sex in a book that may turn people off?
If you’re writing romance or romantic suspense, the intensity of sex can be higher than a straight mystery. People are expecting steam and the more the better. I love a good romance and scenes that will send the reader to a cold shower but when they start talking really dirty and describing a lot using graphic language the writer might have gone too far if it sounds like it belongs in Penthouse or Hustler.
Sometimes its better to err on the side of caution and submit something tame. The publisher will tell you if you need to ramp it up a bit or take it down a notch depending on the genre. Your readers will let you know what they want as well as I was told my stories could be steamier for their tastes.

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4 thoughts on “Fine Line Between Sex And Porn by Karen Vaughan

  1. I had this discussion with my publisher once. He and his wife discussed it and I loved her answer. “If it excites a woman, it’s erotic. If it excites a man, it’s porn.” My take on that was a difference in vocabulary. HOW you describe the act is important.

    Also, according to several erotic romance authors I chatted with, a very distinct difference between erotic and porn is emotion. If the characters are just having sex, it’s more on the side of porn. If there is an emotional investment between them, it’s more erotic.

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  3. I like to think that if there is a real story behind the sexual acts, complete with thoughts and feelings, then that helps the story to rise above the label of porn.
    A good erotica story can still excite a man – it’s just that he will skip past the character’s worries and desires and stop the first time that he sees the word ‘panties’ or ‘wet’.
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