Why is this book by a Twilight fan so popular? OK, I haven’t read it and don’t really plan to, mostly because no one can explain to me why it’s so good. Erotic fiction is not a new thing. I know most people have to know this fact.
In college, erotica was a genre of fiction we studied as part of the curriculum. Most of it was written by women, but honestly, I wasn’t that impressed.
I mean you don’t watch a porn for the mind-boggling dialogue & titillating plot twists. Yes, some of the scenes in the stories I read were arousing, but for the most part, I was bored. Cheesy romance novels were more well written and a lot steamier.
Maybe it was because the writers included taboo subjects and that’s why they got labeled as “literature”. To me a taboo subject in fiction is like a special effect in a movie. It’s nice, but it can’t carry the whole thing. You need a good plot or at least some interesting scenes.
Although, I wonder how different it is to write erotic fiction as opposed to regular fiction. I mean it would be nice to read a steamy story that either didn’t bore me to tears 90% of the time or insult my intelligence. Of course, that could be my new writing goal. Writing regular fiction scares me. Writing a sex scene must be an art form. Then again, writing any scene well is an art form, right?