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Old 05-22-2008, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by OpalCat
Just to clarify, does this qualify as erotica or porn?

I'm thinking it depends on who you ask!

For the record, I think Jodi is entirely correct that romance novels in general have been trending away from pure romance and into essentially novels of other genre-types with romance elements. I'm personally all for the change. I've found that that trend has pretty seriously increased the number of "romances" I find readable. I used to read the odd romance novel (primarily when I was in the mood for mindless escapism that required little-to-no involvement on my part), but in the last few years, I've found myself reading a lot more of them - and the ones I've been reading are largely the ones that are what I mentally refer to as "courtesy romances" - the ones that are basically a mystery, or a police-procedural, or a sci-fi fantasy novel in romance-novel drag. I'll hold up as examples the J.D. Robb "In Death" series that are in the romance novel section (and marketed that way) but are basically mystery/police procedurals in romance novel drag, or the previously-mentioned Sherrilyn Kenyon Darkhunter books (at least the first few - they got a little tedious at the end) that are essentially paranormal thrillers (although with a clear romance component). I almost never run across a book in the romance genre that's a pure romance novel anymore - the vast majority of them I run across are pretty much just using the romance-novel as a framework to tell another sort of story.

I'm theorizing that this is largely because a lot of publishers read the metric that "romance novels are the fastest-growing and most profitable genre of fiction" and started shoving anything that could even remotely fit into romance-novel drag. I know that I'm finding some of my favorite fantasy authors (like Robin McKinley and Patricia Briggs - really, WTFBBQ on that one) in the romance section, even though they're still writing the same books they've always written (and which were previously to be found in sci-fi/fantasy).