Friday, April 12, 2013

A-Z Challenge K = Kisses and Kink - Not Necessarily

Why oh why do reviewers, publishers, readers assume that if a book is gay literature then it must be classified under erotica? If a book is about two men, or women, it doesn't necessarily mean that kink or steamy sex (which, let's face it, is mostly just wet and sticky) is going to be included in the novel.

Here's an excellent post on the mismarketing of this genre with a discussion led by two talented writers of gay fiction: Elin Gregory and Alex Beecroft. Both authors concentrate on a cracking plot rather than explicit sex scenes in their own work which is what I tried to achieve with my own novel, Perfect Score. But because Perfect Score was often grouped with erotica I received reviews that said, "I was hoping for more sex scenes". 
What do you think? Join in the discussion here: http://coleriann.com/2013/04/08/alex-beecroft-elin-gregory-discuss-erotica-vs-romance-mismarketing/





7 comments:

  1. Thanks for plugging the discussion. :)

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  2. Yes I read that blog. I think publishers and film makers are too heavily into genre. It's true in music too - if a black singer - must be soul - so in order to sell their product they must use some sort of criteria to define and market it. Ah I could go on but it's your blog - good points

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  3. Stereotyping is often misguided. I don't see why every story with gay characters would be erotica. That makes no sense.

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  4. I never thought about it, but it's definitely a double standard and not right at all. Very interesting discussion.

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  5. Probably for the same reason that an unknown author with a newly published work must be likened to someone whose style a reviewer, publisher, or reader feels is like. I suppose it's all for marketing.

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  6. I agree, excellent points!

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  7. That would be really frustrating if you were just writing say, a gay romance or something, to have it automatically assumed to be erotica.

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