Saturday, September 09, 2006

Oh no, not another venn diagram!

As I see it, anyway. YMMV. Not to scale. Click for larger version. ;)

If I felt like drawing it over, I'd make porn and erotica overlap more, but hopefully, you get the idea.


At 2:11 PM, September 10, 2006, Blogger Diana said...

I agree...the line between porn and erotica is very gray and that makes this a difficult call. But yeah, I'd say there's more crossover than your diagram allows.

(grin) I do like the visual aid, however! Might come in handy when I'm trying to explain to my mother I'm writing erotic romance and NOT porn!


At 4:44 PM, September 10, 2006, Blogger romblogreader said...

The difference, as far as I've been able to puzzle it, is that with Porn, you are specifically and deliberately writing wank material, and the primary goal of the work is to get someone's hand down their pants.

With Erotica, you are writing a story (and with Erotic Romance, a love story) whose plot hinges, in large part, on sexual events, but your primary goal is to write a satisying story. The success of the story is as important and usually quite a bit more so than whether or not the reader is turned on enough to wank. With erotic romance/erotica, wanking is allowed and even encouraged, but it's not the measure of success. With Porn, it's the primary goal.

Though perhaps you'd want to use the word "wank" a little less when saying so to your mother. ;)


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