Here are the definitions of terms and genres as I use them in this blog:
- Story and relationship is the focus (romance);
- There are plenty of story and relationships elements, but the sex is the real focus and strength of the piece (romantic erotica);
- The sex dominates (with perhaps a few story and relationship elements minimally present to bolster the sex scenes).
Romance – where the plot centers on relationship of two (or more) individuals falling in love, usually with a happy ending (mostly HEA – happily ever after, sometimes HFN – happy for now); physical intimacy is alluded to “off-page” ( fade-to-black) interaction after a set-up and/or described mainly with euphemisms
Adult Romance – romance with plenty of explicit content, but where I think the story (including the relationship building and/or the setting and plot) is clearly central. (E.g., where I see the explicit sex used to spice up or support for the broader story.)
Romantic Erotica – stories where I feel the sex is the focus and highlight of the work, but the basic elements of a full plot and/or relationship evolution are included and described. The story writing and focus are clear and present, but take a back seat to the physical sizzle.
Erotica – where sexual interaction and fulfillment (rather than relationships) are the point of the story. The plot, setting, and/or relationship information is often brief and only included to heighten the erotic feeling in the sex scenes.
As I use them in this blog:
BDSM– Bondage, Discipline/Domination, Sadism & Masochism – a category of kinky sexual relations where one partner dominates the other in some strong way, be it: through physical restraints/tying up (bondage); physical discipline (one has the power to punish the other – e.g. spanking); or the enjoyment of inflicting (Sadism) or receiving (Masochism) pain. Sometimes the D is considered to stand for Domination (and D/s is often considered part of the broad BDSM community): a Master/servant or Master/slave or Dominant top/submissive bottom type of relationship.
MMF– male/male/female interaction, as in love and/or sex between two men and a woman, where the men interact with each other. (Note: this label is inconsistently used by some romance and erotica sites/authors, where it can be applied to what I call “MFM” scenarios. The reader often has to look somewhat closely at the description to determine just how the men might “relate” to each other.)
MFM– male/female/male interaction – where a woman has relationships with multiple male partners, but the males are not intimate with each other (e.g. a woman being loved by two brothers, but the brothers are *not* committing incest)
MPREG (male pregnancy) – paranormal or fantasy settings where some males can become pregnant; often used in some Alpha/Omega M/M stories, where the strong Alpha male can breed with the usually smaller and weaker Omega male, such as in an Omegaverse setting
Omegaverse (or Alpha/Beta/Omega dynamics) – setting where Alphas can breed with Omegas, usually of either gender, often yielding MPREG (male pregnancy) stories; Alphas are usually dominant personalities and/or physically imposing, while Omegas are often non-aggressive, physically smaller, and/or kept in a submissive/servant/breeder slave type of position; many settings involve wolf shifters, but some simply use Alpha/Beta/Omega as another human “gender”, e.g. Alpha male, Alpha female, Beta male, Beta female, Omega male, Omega female, etc.