Yesterday I horned in on a twitter chat @KeriStevens and @AuthorToniBlake were having about a fave, well-known fast-food joint. A devotee of the eats, I was suddenly struck by a wave of epicurean nostalgia, and tweeted that I once enjoyed the perfect burger at the Framingham, MA, location of one of those joints, and that the memorable nosh was “So hot. So fresh.”
To which @KeriStevens replied, “Trust @Michelle_RBTB to make me break a sweat just talking about burgers.” When @AuthorToniBlake coined from this convo a new, faux sub-genre of erotic romance about fast-food-related sensual encounters, a string of delightfully torrid-yet-purposely-ill-penned tweets evolved into a choppy slice of erotic twitterature, replete with oh, so many deliciously purple offerings like these two from @KeriStevens:
"Go home, Fryboy. It's gonna heat up in here," he growled. "Charbroil me," she begged, ripping the polyester cap from her hair.
"I've got your beef right here," he replied. "And special sauce, too." She shivered and picked up the ketchup gun. "Prove it."
You may not know this, but when already wildly popular erotic romance began stepping out of the digital shadows a few years back -- and into the limelight where it belongs -- it wasn’t necessarily met with a “Hey, welcome to the club!” from all romance authors, or even Romance Writers of America. Some felt graphic depiction of sex w/in committed relationships didn’t belong in any romance, or the digital publishers of such didn’t belong in the professional organization’s list of approved houses.
Sure, there’s always a learning curve when introducing folks to new ideas, especially those which might seem iconoclastic. Yet erom authors still work to define erotic romance not only for readers, non-genre-fiction fans and the “outside world,” but also for some within the industry.
Ever the examiner of eventualities, while giggling over the tweets, I wondered whether anyone might find our having fun in this way presents erotic romance fiction in a poor light. Sure, we think the tweets are silly and funny to read and write because we love erom and are comparing the riffs to the fantasy scenarios we know and love well. Plus, a lot of joking about sex goes on amongst folks who dig romance.
But what of other folks in the far-flung twitterverse? Were we giving them a bad impression of erom and romance in general, seeming to happily eat our young, as it were? Did we perpetuate the idea that sex scenes in erom and romance are over-blown and laughable?
Dunno. What do you think?