Erotic romance — is the hot trend cooling?

Hi y’all.

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.



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5 Responses to “Erotic romance — is the hot trend cooling?”

  1. Sandi Lomonaco says:

    I don’t think erotic romance as a separate genre is ever going to be on its way out! The reason to me is that, as you said Maree, “it doesn’t pretend to be anything other than it is”. It is upfront with no glossing over. They have great characters, stories and sometimes not HEA! Imagine that….LOL This genre is a keeper.

    • Maree says:

      I think so, too, Sandi — so at least that’s two of us, LOL. Maybe we’ll do a Candy and Sarah from Smart Bitches Trashy Books and start up a Save the Erotic Romance campaign! Their compaign is to Save the Contemporary, but I think ours has a pretty good ring to it ;-)

  2. Lo says:

    How interesting Maree that this very topic was spoken about with Tracey O’Hara – author and myself on the weekend AND then with Nay and Tash as well.

    Is it on its way out? I hope not and while the feedback I read and see is that ppl very much enjoy the openness of hot scenes and none of this euphemisms for body parts and what sex is all about I have to think that if readers want it well publishers surely have to keep letting it be published.

    As for me I prefer it raw and not diluted thanks….too old for that tidied up rubbish…thus my love of your work!

    Hey how about starting something at LIST if you want? Let’s see what the majority think over there…..could be interesting Maree.

    • Maree says:

      If only the LIST ladies had the publishing world at their feet and could dictate what got published — now there’s a scary thought, LOL.

      Hmmm. Lo, that would definitely be a good topic for discussion on LIST…. once I’ve finished plotting this darn book, LOL.

  3. Lo says:

    Well we are at your disposal