LOVE, PORN & SYLVIA DAY

Let’s get a few things out of the way first. This isn’t a romance. ... On His Knees is erotica in the most basic sense: “stories written about the sexual journey of the characters and how this impacts them as individuals.” (Thanks for that definition, Sylvia Day!) And this particular journey is gritty and gut-wrenching. (source)



Here's what went in the ... about Knees:

There’s desire aplenty between the protagonists, but no romantic love.

It’s not stroke fiction, designed to get the average reader off as quickly and dramatically as possible while they hold the book with one hand.

It is erotica. But not in the sense of the (bad) American Heritage Dictionary definition of “literature or art intended to arouse sexual desire” or the (worse) Webster’s New World Dictionary definition of “pornographic books.” No.



Sylvia Day wrote a blog post a few years ago that has become the standard reference text on how to classify explicit sexual content prose. Dale Lowry summed much of
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it up, beautifully, in a few words. But the part missing, might be the one Romance writers need to consider most closely:

Erotica:

stories written about the sexual journey of the characters and how this impacts them as individuals. Emotion and character growth are important facets of a true erotic story. However, erotica is NOT designed to show the development of a romantic relationship, although it’s not prohibited ... Happily Ever Afters are NOT an intrinsic part of erotica ...

Erotic Romance:

stories written about the development of a romantic relationship through sexual interaction. The sex is an inherent part of the story, character growth, and relationship development, and couldn’t be removed without damaging the storyline. Happily Ever After is a REQUIREMENT to be an erotic romance.

I changed the head to this blog and my Twitter and FB. If I'm writing Erotica, and I am, how can I make my theme "LOVE?" If there is no romance or Happily Ever After, how is On His Knees, in my opinion, a love story?

This is a comment from a review left on Gay Book Reviews:

But I will be honest and say that Hunter needs to open his eyes and realize what is in front of him before it is too late. I do not think that there is plans for another book about these two men but in a way I kind of hope there is and that Cam will get his happy ever after.

My bold. How did Natosha, this reviewer, see Romance and Dale Cameron, not see it? How do I say it's love and agree it's not a romance?

Because love is not a feeling. Cam loves Hunter, in that he puts his own needs aside and gives Hunt what he needs to heal. Is Hunter Dane a sociopath? Do you have to be able to feel something you call love in order to love? Can you ever be truly in love, if you don't?

The next morning, Hunt asks Cam a question:

“Did you come last night? On the Angel?” I interrupted him.
“No. It wasn’t about sex. Coming in you would be … rape. I don’t do that.” He looked offended like - How could you ask?
It was a wonder to me that he understood so perfectly that ramming his dick painfully into my ass was one thing, but using me for his own pleasure at that moment was so vastly something else it was unthinkable.
Cam loved him. I don't know that any of the Hunter/Camden books will have a classic HEA. But do believe, though I can't predict the future with these two, they will continue to love one another. And their journey to, or away, from one another, will be revealed through their sex lives.

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