"It is not enough to conquer; one must know how to seduce." ~ Voltaire
- Love scenes are about love; erotica is about sex.
- Love scenes keep it magical and obscure; erotica tends to be more blunt.
- Love scenes end with both parties satisfied; erotica may or may not.
- Both are most successful when creativity and imagination are employed.
Sex scenes and erotic elements are not limited to romance and erotica but that is where they are most commonly seen. There is nothing wrong with adding a bit of visceral detail to a love scene, nor is there anything wrong with confessions of love during an erotic tryst. The lines between these literary art forms exist but they are thin and easily crossed. The most important thing to keep in mind is the feel of your novel and the development of your characters.
I have included links to the first two installments of this series as well as links to other pages and sites that may be of interest to anyone wishing to explore or hone their skills in the area of romance and eroticism.