I've found that there are very few things that Non-Readers can fully understand about the bookworm lifestyle, but without a doubt, trying to explain the difference between Romance and Erotica novels has got to be the hardest.
You know when you're just having a casual conversation with a non-reader and it somehow always ends up turning to the book that you're currently reading (you know what I'm talking about ;) ), and you start describing what it's about. This is probably where my downfall is, because I am the absolute worst at describing what a book is about without it sounding completely wacked out.
So, anyways, you're there talking about how hot the leading man is and all the sexual tension in the air and what-not, and then they say something along the lines of, 'Oh, so it's erotica?'
No. No it is not.
It's at this point I'm ready to point and the door and say, 'Get out!' Friendships be damned.
Though, it's probably worse when this conversion is happening with someone of the male species, because they get this excited gleam in their eyes, leaving me all like, Whoa, slow your roll there, mate. I like to use the analogy, "One or two sex scenes in a movie does not a porno make." But by that point, they're usually hung up on the fact that I've said 'porn' and they're no longer using the head on their shoulders... boys. *rolls eyes*
Any who, the point is, I find it near impossible to be able to explain the difference between the two to people, and at this point in my life, I've just kinda given up.
Have any tips for me tackling this problem in the future?