Erotic Romance – More than Fifty Shades of Grey
It’s not often that Saturday Night Live riffs on a book, so I do have to congratulate author E.L. James at hitting the zeitgist with Fifty Shades of Grey. No matter what you think of it — I liked parts — it has drawn attention to a genre that has has lots of books in it. We’re no slouches at Harlequin so we took advantage by creating an online presence for erotic romance.
It links to a page at the Harlequin blog. Take a look! It’s a fun-in-cheek introduction to the much-steamier side of romance novels.
I also like to make a distinction between erotica and erotic romance. Both feature sex as a driving force of the story, both use a variety of sexual techniques to explore theme and character, but erotic romance still has a HEA (happily ever after). The HEA might be a menage, a master/dom relationship, or something else out or the ordinary but love and commitment drive the story.
Erotica is often considered more literary. Erotic romance as a genre is more recent, with Ellora’s Cave dubbing the term romantica, and has grown quickly in the digital space. If you’re curious take a look at the lists of titles we’ve pulled together to suit different tastes (for the newbie, historicals, bdsm, menage and more). We won’t tell…
The SNL video (make sure your kids aren’t around!)