Read something recently on an literary agency blog I follow. The agents were discussing genre trends — what’s hot and what’s not. And according to one of the agents, the erotic romance trend has “cooled off”. She suggests this could be because the genre is being diluted by the increasingly hot love scenes that are now commonplace in paranormals and historicals.
Gosh, I sure hope she’s wrong in this case — and not just because I happen to be published in the genre!
Sure, paranormals and historicals are getting “hotter”, but I like the upfront, unabashed honesty of the erotic romance genre. It doesn’t pussyfoot around with euphemisms or have to walk some unseen line that makes it still acceptable to the general reading public. It doesn’t pretend to be anything other than it is. It’s “out there”. It pushes boundaries. And IMHO, an exquisitely written, emotionally heartwrenching love scene can also push boundaries and be an explicit, fully-realized sex scene, where the main characters are being honest and upfront about what they like, want, and feel comfortable with. The two don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
So over at Writers Gone Wild today I’m putting this question to commenters: Is erotic romance as a separate genre on its way out?
Swing on by and let me know what you think.