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Posted February 13, 2013 by Nightstand Novels in Novel Thoughts
 
 

Novel Thoughts: “Mommy Porn”? What’s that All About?

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This edition of “Novel Thoughts” stems from a conversation that I had with a girlfriend of mine. We were on the phone gabbing away as per our usual when she started telling me about a book she was in the middle of reading.  Not one to be outdone, I had to share a good “erotic” read with her as well.  She seemed disinterested and commented that she doesn’t know how I can read “that mess” because from what she heard, it sounds like porn. I, of course, had to explain to her what I perceive to be the difference between the two which leads me to these thoughts.

For those who may not know, Erotic fiction has been around since the beginning of time. I, for one have been reading them for quite a few years now. Only since the explosion of “Fifty Shades of Gray” has erotic fiction seemingly gone mainstream and with it, the term “mommy porn” abounds!

I don’t really consider erotic fiction “porn”  because  when one hears the word “Porn” it usually conjures up very specific  sexual imagery. Porn to me is a visual tool,  marketed more for men in an attempt to physically stimulate, arouse or titillate them and more specifically, their body parts using graphic sexual images. While it’s true, many women can and do enjoy porn, 99% of the time it’s really just written for men, by men.

Erotica, on the other hand, tends to stimulate or arouse your mind and in some instances..even your body.  It’s written mainly by women, for women although more and more men are exploring the genre as both writers and readers. Erotic fiction also tends to tell a story in its entirety…beginning, middle, and end as opposed to the “Wham, bam, thank you Ma’am” that is common place in the majority of pornos. It’s rare that you’ll find an erotic novel about the plumber coming to fix the sink, banging your brains out, collecting his pay and on his way….The End!

Most erotic novels are designed to take you on a journey or fantasy of sorts. You become engrossed in the lives of the characters and can really identify with their thoughts, feelings and emotions if its well written. Sure, it may conjure up the same graphic imagery as porn( and some may even argue that if the graphic sexuality written in some erotic novels were put on film..it definitely would be considered pornographic) but its the story and that ability to connect that  differentiates the two.

What say you?  Is erotic fiction nothing more than “Mommy Porn” or do you feel that there is a difference between the two?  we’d love to hear you thoughts!


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