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Reader Hangout (Book Chat) > The difference between Romantic, Steamy and Erotic scenes in Writing

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message 1: by Esther (new)

Esther Rabbit Hi guys, my name is Esther and I am a content creator for writers and a Paranormal Romance author myself. The reason why I'm here today is to ask you, readers and writers alike about your reading preferences involving:

- romantic scenes
- steamy scenes
- erotic scenes

... in the novels of your choice. I just wrote an article on the matter: https://estherrabbit.com/romantic-ste... with examples of each (be warned, explicit content).

But I'd like to take it a step further and write another article involving the ones who would like to take part in this little survey. I'd like to know where you draw the line between steamy and erotic and if reading such scenes provides an enjoyable reading experience for you.

Naturally, do let me know if I have your permission to quote you in my upcoming article with your Goodreads name or if you wish to remain anonymous. Happy Monday everyone!


message 2: by Pax (new)

Pax Sinclair | 3 comments Today a lot of authors blur the lines. They do steamy crossing into erotic briefly. Kind of tantalizing their readers with a bit more sexy. I think if you enjoy erotic stories, steamy to erotic doesn’t bother you. Personally, if I enjoy the story and love the characters, I’m willing to cross the line.


B. C. Booklover (bcbooklover) | 367 comments I dont mind steamy crossing over into erotic..read and enjoyed plenty of both!


message 4: by Esther (new)

Esther Rabbit Thanks guys, fully noted :)


B. C. Booklover (bcbooklover) | 367 comments :)


message 6: by Marshella (new)

Marshella Willis | 6 comments the difference would be in romance books it's about the build up to the first kiss. or just the intimacy in the characters. in and erotic books it about sex that will eventually lead up to love. Some steamy books are about nothing more than sex. there is no dialogue between the characters.


message 7: by Marshella (new)

Marshella Willis | 6 comments the difference would be in romance books it's about the build up to the first kiss. or just the intimacy in the characters. in and erotic books it about sex that will eventually lead up to love. Some steamy books are about nothing more than sex. there is no dialogue between the characters.


message 8: by Luv (new)

Luv  | 21 comments My personal preference? I'm with B.C. you can blur the line or cross over into erotic I just don't want an entire book of sex only. I believe that's called porn and it gets boring after a while. Also I almost never read clean romance because I do want some steam. Just my take anyway.


B. C. Booklover (bcbooklover) | 367 comments I do want a great story but also don't purposefully read clean romance. I'm sure its enjoyable to some, just not me. To each their own, but sexy and
steamy are neccessary ingredients to me in my romance books, whether slow burn, but not so slow that I've lost interest...some authors really know how to build up without losing their readers. I love it when the chemistry is instant and the MCs get straight to the point! Fun twist sometimes! I enjoy it all.


message 10: by Esther (new)

Esther Rabbit B. C. Booklover wrote: "I do want a great story but also don't purposefully read clean romance. I'm sure its enjoyable to some, just not me. To each their own, but sexy and
steamy are neccessary ingredients to me in my ro..."


I'm 100% with you on this one!


message 11: by B. C. Booklover (new)

B. C. Booklover (bcbooklover) | 367 comments :)


message 12: by Anjelica (new)

Anjelica Grace (anjelicagraceauthor) | 6 comments For me the difference is whether the story is plot driven, or sex driven. When I read a story, and even in my own writing now, sex can't be the plot. I need there to actually be a story that's following a real, emotional plot of some sort. If there is actual story, I don't consider it erotic whatsoever, I call it sexy, hot romance. I use the term erotic for those stories whose plots are entirely sex driven. If that makes sense. It's not based on the graphic/descriptive nature of the scenes, rather the point the scene is getting at.


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