I’ve recently been thinking about porn and erotica. Are they one and the same? Is ‘erotica’ just a fancier term for porn? No, I don’t think so. I feel that readers of pornographic stories simply want to get into vivid descriptions of sex. They are often not all that bothered about character development, plot lines and so on. Readers of erotica on the other hand often want to immerse themselves in the world that the writer has created. Perhaps they will identify with the characters in the story as they love and hate and journey through life’s challenges.
Standards and opinions also change over time. When D.H. Lawrence’s novel ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ was first published many people considered it to be pornographic. The British establishment certainly did! Today I’m fairly sure that the book would seem pretty tame to college and university students. Ironically the banning of ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ in Britain and other nations helped to end pernicious censorship when the establishment lost several court battles and free speech ruled the day. I have recently released Book Two of my series ‘Brilliant Boys.’