View Full Version : How "exotic" should Exotica be?

K.Z. Snow
September 25th, 2007, 10:43 AM
Hi, all.

Since I seem to be in procrastination mode today, I just thought I'd post this question. We all have a pretty good handle (*ahem*. . . so to speak) on what erotic romance is all about, but how many steps beyond that should exotica be? And what kinds of steps? Just how much envelope-pushing do you readers expect when you buy a book with this tag?

I'm currently working on Tormented, a sequel to my Ellora's Cave vamp novel, Plagued. It's somewhat more sexual and less romantic than its predecessor . . . but I just can't determine what level of sexuality combined with "darkness" classifies a work as exotica. (I mean, this distinction won't make much of a difference in how the novel turns out; I'm obviously going to write it the way I think it needs to be written. But I'm just curious.)

What are your standards?

K. Z.
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October 3rd, 2007, 07:33 PM
I'm not sure. The Wolf's Heart is marketed as a paranormal romance, yet all the reviewers keep calling it things like spicey, sensual, and hot hot hot. So, did I go over the romance line?

I think the reason it's not exotic or erotic is simply because the h/h are the only ones having sex, and they only do it with each other. While it's straight sex, it gets pretty intense at times.

Pushing the envelope is always fun, but will we be expected to keep pushing it until we reach that subjective edge and fall into the porn abyss?