Erotica? Bondage? Inappropriate? Terrible? Seductive? Fifty Shades of Horrible?
There are all a few terms that have been known to describe the erotica genre. I’m sure there are plenty more, but I don’t care to delve into those at the moment. I’ve never read erotica, ever. It’s not for me. I have absolutely no desire to read it, at all. I’m sure some of it may be great, well-written, and amazing; but, I have no need to know what other people’s sex lives are like. If I want to know that, I’ll get on Facebook.
But my question is: Does erotica have literary value? Are there hidden messages behind the words? Is there a deeper meaning? I’m sure many people just see it as a way to send their minds off on a sexual adventure they may not have otherwise. They may see it as a secret pleasure they only partake in late at night with the lights off while hidden under a blanket. But is it literature? Are there themes behind it? Character development? Can it be written as satire?
As I said, I’ve never read it before, but I am curious as to whether or not it can have literary meaning, or if it’s just, as some might call it, “smut” to be read for pleasure-reading only.
What do you think?