• Amanda

The Truth About Erotic Literature and Its Doppelgangers like Literotica

Updated: Jun 9

What’s the difference between Erotic Sex Stories you can find on sites like Literotica and Erotic Literature and why you should try out both…


High-heat, sexy Romance books: we all know what they are and more than likely we’ve read something that falls into this specific category. That doesn’t mean, however, that it is always easy to spot a work of Erotic Literature over "just" sex stories.

Sometimes literary erotica can be so packed with sex, that you might think you're reading a best of collection of free sex stories. But believe it or not: there is a difference.

On Literotica and of course many other websites (including famous porn sites) you can find Erotic Sex Stories in all its varied forms. And all for free!

These sites create a space where people can share their works of sexual innuendo and stimulation with the world. If you’re wondering what the difference is between those sites and the mix of erotic fiction published in book form, you’re not alone. The key question is therefore: if you are looking for a stimulating sexy read, why should anyone choose a book instead of just visiting one of the free providers of sex stories?


In this article we will talk about what makes a story a piece of erotic fiction and the differences between them and sex stories (at least in our understanding). And most importantly: we will answer the question when it is worth to read an erotic fiction book and when the free sites are a perfect fit.


What makes an Erotic Romance Novel


There are certain earmarks of a work of literature, even in the space of Erotica. Usually, it starts with the cover. In most cases there will be a half-naked version of a man, a woman or both. In the past, "Fabio" was the tell-tale sign of Erotic Romance. But nowadays, with the expansion of digital media, cover art can be anything you’d like it to be.

Works of erotic fiction strive to tell a story which enhances the sexual nature of the characters involved as a sort of side note to who they are as people.

It isn’t simply about great, compelling sex scenes or erotic stimulation. Good steamy books are fully about the story as a whole. This is what makes literature work translating into much higher reader value over simply publishing a story about sex on the internet.


Erotic Literature covers an immense variety of styles and genres, so that mostly everybody can find something fitting to his personal preferences. Together with the typical characteristics of literature, some admittedly compelling attributes are created for the reader:

  • Tells a Whole Story - creates a complete story and wraps sex into the world created by the author for two or more people to inhabit.

  • Side Characters - Will almost always include side characters that are just as important to the story as the main charactors and that sex is involved.

  • New Worlds - Creates a world the reader can relate to and oftentimes imagines living in themselves.

  • Fantasies Revealed - High-heat books create a much more well-rounded world where readers can fully explore. Readers can live out, if you will, fantasies that they might not be able to live out in real life.

  • Threesomes or Polyamory - fantasies about threesomes (especially among men) are as high as 85% according to psychology today. Most commonly these fantasis are about the man engaging in sexual activity with two women at the same time, although this certainly is not always the case.

  • Fetishes - most people who have a fetish often keep it hidden for fear of ridicule. Fetish literature allows them to engage that fetish in the fullness of their minds without judgement or criticism.

  • Rape Fantasies - according to PubMed, somewhere around 62% of women have fantasized at least once in their lives about being raped.

  • Age-play - this is a more sordid fantasy in which one of the participants can be a minor or is elderly. While there aren’t concrete statistics on this fantasy: it’s common knowledge that men and women fantasize about being with partners considerably older or younger than they are themselves.

  • BDSM - Bondage, Dominance, Sadism and Masochism-BDSM is a huge sub-genre of erotic fiction. It entails the use of bondage where a dominant gets off on Sadistic activities and/or a submissive gets pleasure from masochism. Sadism is the sexual pleasure by causing someone physical pain and masochism is the sexual pleasure found in receiving pain. Oftentimes these two parts works in tandem, bringing pleasure to both the dominant and the submissive. Probably the most known piece of BDSM is, you guessed it right, Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James.

  • Cuckold - This fetish is the sexual stimulation of a man who gets his pleasure from the idea or reality of his wife sleeping with someone else. If the roles are reversed, a woman sexually stimulated by the idea of her husband having another partner, she is referred to as a cuckquean. Typically it is closely related to BDSM. So often many overlapping features, especially dominance and submission, can be seen between Cockold/ Cuckquean and BDSM.

One of the great things about our beloved high-heat romance books is the ability for the reader to sort of live vicariously through the stories of the main characters. The reader can imagine being that person, living that fantasy and foregoing their own inhibitions as they turn the page.


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The thing with Literotica and other Word Porn Websites


For those who enjoy sexy stories for the sort of instant sexual gratification, a site like Literotica works great. However, it isn’t likely to provide the same full-bodied story that an erotic literature book is guaranteed to have. But to be honest with you: you can find real great snippets of text about sex on sites like Literotica (and nowadays also on commonly known porn sites).


For the most part erotic websites, those that cater to the written word or word porn as some like to call it, are interested in publishing stories that jump into the sexual innuendo of the story within minutes of beginning to read. After the short introduction of the main character or characters, the set up for the first sex scene can leave readers feeling a bit awkward. And for some readers the whole scenario ends up feeling forced.


And while sites like Literotica will always thrive (because let’s face it: sex sells): there is a short shelf life for sex-plicit material. Rarely are you going to re-read a story that is simply a sex scene with names. In short: comparing Erotic Literature with "word porn" sex stories is like comparing a romance movie with hot sex scenes and a full-fledged porn. Both tell a story in which sex plays a central role, but the setting and storyline are completely different. But in the end: both can be nice and inspiring to watch, depending on your personal needs in this moment...


The End-run between Erotic Literature and sites like Literotica


So what's the conclusion? Is Erotic Romance or Erotica better than plain Sex Stories?

We wouldn't say so: it all depends on your personal situation and preference...


When you should look into pure Sex Stories - and why you should not be embarrassed about it


Sometimes, on occasion, reading a steamy sex scene can either settle or inspire a sexual need a reader might have. Personnaly I know this too, no worries. The Literotica-like stories can for example help to overcome separation pain when your partner is currently not at your side (or you're single) or help to give some inspirations for couples trying to bring back some passion into the bedroom. That being said, it is rather unlikely that a single story of that sort will hold your interest much past the intent of the content: to stimulate the libido. So if the moment requires a little more heat, see what Literotica has to offer and let it burn away that sharp edge of need for the moment! (But maybe you now also want to try out some really short, but super-hot erotic stories or even a collection of Erotica in such a situation. They can work very well too, I promise).


When Erotic Romance has a clear edge - and why it is worth to spend some money for it


When it comes to erotic content which shall inspire not only your libido but your also your heart and soul, well-written, fleshed out erotic literature is clearly to prefer. Good Erotic Romance books will take you on a journey into fictional worlds of your choice, in which sex evolves naturaly but so steamy hot, that it touches all your senses. Also, if you prefer sex to be embedded into a story between two people in order to work for you, you're far better off with an erotic fiction. So if you want a story and the heat, go for Erotic Literature!


Either way, you certainly can’t lose as it looks like both Literotica and erotic fiction as a whole will continue to have a fanbase no matter how things turn out. And with all of us staying in a lot more, there’ll be plenty of opportunity to give each their fair due. And that's perfect!


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Filthybooks.com is a homepage dedicated completely to Erotic Literature. We love the variety this genre of Literature provides. Therefore we try to bring to you all the different facets Erotica provides. On filthybooks.com you can find articles on erotic stories which are purely sweet, funny or have a historical setting or cover certain preferences like, lesbian, gay, BDSM or are located in a more special subgenre like paranormal oder mind control stories… In order to give you a short overview of which sort of stories we’re talking about, we always try to shortly say something about the speciality of the genre first and then, most importantly, give you some awesome reading ideas. And furthermore we provide you with interviews of authors which write in different genres and are maybe not known to you yet. So do not miss to discover new writers and hear about their motivation and love for Erotic Literature from the first hand.

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