Monday, November 1, 2010
I hear the term "Bodice Ripper" occasionally. For some reason the term seems cheesy and makes me think of the books my mom's generation read. I asked some of my writer pals about the term. I noticed many writers don't care for the term too much and are quick to correct the person who uses the phrase. Some consider "Bodice Ripper" a derogatory term for all romances and was inspired by some early historical romances that featured rape fantasies or included rape as part of the plot. Today this term is used most often by people who do not read romance books.
Today's romance is sensitive to the needs and emotions of women; rape is not part of story lines. (Oh, the sexy might be rough and kinky...wink, wink.) Romance writers focus on the emotion and sensuality between characters; providing the reader a chance to escape from every day life into a variety of plots and a world of passion.
Erotic romance is a story at the more erotic end of the romance spectrum. These adventures will include intense details of sexual liaisons that may happen frequently between the main characters and are vital to the plot. These stories are usually very sensual and emotional as a strong relationship develops between the characters.
Take a break this fall and check out an erotic romance. If you hear somebody call it "a bodice ripper" tell them to read one... they'll be hooked! Passion is such a wonderful word and so much, much more.
I think we all would like to have this sort of passion in our lives. Undo our bodices slowly with tender kisses, nibbles, and soft caresses or rip 'em off in the lustful heat of the moment! Take me away.....
But then again...I paid alot of money for this bodice. You rip it, I just might spank you.
Mary Quast is the author of the Soul Series.