Erotica vs. Erotic Romance…What’s the difference?

In honor of the release of my first erotica book, The Dark Collector, I thought I’d answer one of the most common questions asked about the genres I write: What’s the difference between Erotica and Erotic Romance?

It seems there are as many different answers to that question as there are writers in the two genres, so I am going to keep it simple: it’s not about the sex.

It’s not about who puts what where, how many people are involved, or how kinky or vanilla the sex is.

It’s not about the sex.

Erotic Romance is about a relationship–two or more people overcoming conflict in order to forge a relationship and live happily ever after (or happily for now).

Erotica is about a single character’s emotional or sexual journey. It can have any number of characters from one on up to a full-blown orgy. (Hee, blown). What matters is the character arc for ONE character. Sometimes the sex is vanilla, sometimes it’s kinky, sometimes it’s raw and dirty, sometimes its very sweet and loving. What matters is the character development brought about through the erotic journey.

The Dark Collector Cover 1600Now that we’ve got that out of the way… who’s ready for Oliver’s erotic journey? The Dark Collector released today!

Read the blurb and excerpt for The Dark Collector at my website.

The Dark Collector is available for purchase from the usual suspects:


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10 thoughts on “Erotica vs. Erotic Romance…What’s the difference?

    • Oh, thank you so much, Jianne! That is just the nicest thing you could say–my stories always start with the characters. I never know what’s going to happen or what situation to put them in until I know who they are!


  1. I was honored to read this as a beta reader and, as always with your work Vanessa, this is a beautifully written, emotional journey for the character. Loved it – and can’t wait for the next installment! (there’s another installment, right? Right?) 🙂


    • Thank you so much, Parker! Your help with this story and this process meant the world to me!

      As for a next installment–i think Oliver is in a really good place now, but it might be that the dark collector needs to discover that some things aren’t “collectible” with money alone. 😉


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