Sunday, August 06, 2006

One Small Step for La

I'm following in the footsteps of my dear blogging friends and I'm trying my hand at erotica. But I'm a little nervous to post it here. I need to finish off this last part of my story, so it's not quite done yet. I just thought I would announce to the world that I'm giving it a go.

I think everyone should do some erotica writing. Go ahead!

Oh, and as a side note, I saw Brokeback Mountain today. And Donnie Darko. It was a Jake Gyllenhaal fest! :)

15 comments:

Just one of many said...

La, you saw my attempt at erotica. What can I say? I was a mormon housewife for 12 years...anything is erotic for me!! Just let have a go. There is no such thing as bad sex...but mine was funny as hell!!!

Sideon said...

Erotica, eh?

This is a genre I haven't tried yet. I don't know that I would post it on my blog. Besides, one person's turn-on can be another person's turn-off - it's tough enough to write, let alone post something that makes someone go flaccid or numbs their nipples.

Saint'n said...

Can someone please explain to me the difference between erotica and porn. The difference seems to be one of degree, rather than type?

I guess it just makes people feel better to be writers of erotica, rather than pornographers? La, if your writing is any good, I will definately take it upon myself to refer to use as a pornographer.

Happy writing.

La said...

Yeah, I'm not sure about posting it either, sid. I'm not sure yet, but maybe I'll email it around.


Saint'n, the difference is by degree, you're right. I may be wrong, but from what I understand, erotica is written porn. Porn has visual aspect, while erotica is subject to interpretation and imagination.

Am I wrong on that? Anyone?

Cynthia E. Bagley said...

La... I think you are right... I have never written erotica... But erotica engages the imagination in a way that visual does not. :-)

MattMan said...

If you decide not to post the erotica, I'd like to be on the circulation list for it. I haven't read any in years, so I'll probably be an easy mark. And you don't have to worry too much about the limp effect for me -- if it doesn't do anything for me, it won't make me stop coming to your blog or anything. ;)

Sideon said...

Porn = visual.

Erotica = written (sometimes poorly, sometimes not)

Saint'n said...

Sorry La and Cyn, I think you're both wrong.

As I understand your argument, you suggest that erotica is written and engages your imagination more than the visual. This is is not a good definition. There are many examples of written text that are hardcore pornography, and these without doubt require imagination. We had a very controversial case in Canada that went to the Supreme Court that dealt with imaginative accounts of sex with children (R. V. Sharpe). These were stories that were entirely fictional, and the writer was charged. He argued he had a constitutional right to create these works of fiction as an artist, and that the state had no right attempting to control the content of his imaginative art, nor attempting to control his thoughts. Very persuasive argument.

Anyway, the point is that you can not define erotica as requiring more imagination than porn. Furthermore, what about the fact that what gets the viewer excited about a visual image is not the image, but the reaction between the image and the conscious (and unconscious) of the viewer. Action movies get physical adreline pumping as the viewer lives imaginatively and vicariously through the action images. Porn is no different.

Personally, I think erotica is a term devloped by those who want to create and enjoy sexually themed material without the stigmatization the label porn carries. Much the same can be said of those who create "art" versus those who create "pop fiction". The former use the word "art" exlusivly to shut-out those with whom they do not want to be compared.

Remember W. Sumerset Maughm (sp?) said that even an awful book is incredibly difficult to write.

Face it La, you are a pornographer.

La said...

COOL!!!

Sideon said...

I don't have any problem with the terms "porn" or "erotica" - they both work splendidly :)

Eight Hour Lunch said...

Oh now I know why no one's talking on my blog. How can I compete with this?? :)

Rebecca said...

I'm singing a hymn in my head.

Cynthia E. Bagley said...

LOl.. well LA I guess the authority won (Saint'n) ;-)

But... you cannot argue that some of us like words better than pictures...

J. said...

Brokeback is the best movie I have viewed in a long time. It was a very sad ending. It amazes me how much love there is in that movie, despite the stigma that was present around it.

I wish most people could understand that people are who they are and shouldn't work to 'conform' to society's view of people. It tends to be wrong most times.

C.L. Hanson said...

I agree with saint'n that using visual vs. written to distinguish porn from erotica doesn't really cut it. As a flip side to his example of written porn, it's pretty easy to find books of artsy nude photos classified as erotica.

I think the difference is just that one term has positive connotations and one has negative connotations, or at best it's a question of highbrow vs. lowbrow.

p.s. I hope your erotic writing is going well!!! :D