Erotic Romance & Erotica Assignment

Erotic Romance and Erotica
February 7, 2019, 2-4 PM
Lisle District Library

Read two erotic romances or erotica stories or one of each, as long as they are written by two different authors.

Here is our working definition of erotic romance and erotica as described by the ARRT Popular Fiction List: “Erotic romance combines traditional romance novel tropes with explicit erotic encounters. The focus is on the development of a romantic relationship through sexual attraction and activity. The sex is front and center of the plot but the happily ever after (HEA) or happily for now (HFN) endings are expected. In contrast, erotica stories are about the sexual journey of the characters and not necessarily about their romantic and emotional relationship. HEA are not a required part of erotica, although they can be included.”

Some authors to consider:  Emma Chase, Tiffany Reisz, Shayla Black, E. L. James, Sylvia Day, Maya Banks, Meghan March, Kresley Cole, LaQuette,  Lorelei James, Zane, Sylvain Reynard, Kylie Scott, Anne Rice, Jay Crownover, Meredith Wild, Lora Leigh, Jess Michaels (local), Jaci Burton, J. Kenner, Alexa Riley, Gavin ML Fletcher.

This is a vast category so feel free to use your librarian search skills to find other erotic romances or erotica stories. Below are some additional lists. As always, we encourage you to consider writers of color in making your selections. Finally, don’t forget about numerous erotica anthologies coming out every year.

While reading, consider the following:

–How did you search for and find your titles? What was your experience?

–Note if your titles fell under the category of an erotic romance or erotica, and why.  

–Note the appeal factors, sensuality levels, kinks, tropes, themes and settings.