Author’s Note: This article contains sexually explicit language and is intended only for mature readers and writers.
- Purple Prose
- Romantica = romance + erotica
- Literary Abuse
baiting: writing to convey sexual tension without ever writing about sex or skipping it like a lame movie fadeout; to suggest, especially heavy-handedly, a sexual relationship without depicting sex (as defined by me)
- This is most common in Young Adult novels (sometimes reasonably) and conservative romance. Let’s be 21 about the situation I say. The most hated kind of baiting in my book is homoerotic baiting between two characters who are supposedly heterosexual or in heterosexual relationships (i.e. the relationship between Butch and Vishous in the Black Dagger Brotherhood books by JR Ward)
purple prose: prose that is too elaborate or ornate (Google definition); extravagant, ornate, or flowery [passages] as to break the flow and draw attention to itself. Purple prose is sensually evocative beyond the requirement of it context. It also refers to writing that employs certain rhetorical effects such as exaggerated sentiment or pathos in attempt to manipulate a reader’s response (Wikipedia)
romance: “A romance is a work in which the plot centers around a love relationship. The plot line must be substantial enough for the reader to maintain interest from chapter to chapter. In other words, the reader must be able to say when reading the book, ‘I care about these people and what happens to them. I want the best for them, despite the personal and circumstantial obstacles that war to keep them apart’.” (findmeanauthor.com)
romantica: any work of literature that is both romantic and sexually explicit in nature (ellorascave.com)
erotica: a genre of literature that includes sexually explicit details as a primary feature (about.com)
pornography: printed or visual material containing or displaying explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity (Google definition)
“literary abuse”: intentionally writing sexually explicit abusive literature—rape, child pornography, racial fetishizing, anti-feminism, etc.—and claiming it falls into one of the above categories (as defined by me)
- There are just some things I think writers shouldn’t do and I personally hold them to a standard. In my opinion, Stephen King crossed this line when he wrote a group sex scene between underage children in his book IT; and it is for this reason that the scene was left out of the movie. Not directly related, but racialized appropriation, misrepresentation, racist portrayals, author’s victimizing racialized characters intentionally, and hate speech are also in my book covered under “literary abuse”.