King of the Four Corners of the World
- Jul 27, 2019
You are of course right, there are many hit boxes that would deserve to be singled out, albeit sex is a rather extreme example. Maybe it is just the fact that these harem type stories - my erotica definition is relatively broad and not everything has to be explicit - have a small but very active community and therefore more often than not land on the trending page and annoy me with titles like "Why is my Harem World a Yandere Nightmare" and "Slime Breeder".Here's the thing, though. Both on RR, SH, and pretty much every single other fiction writing platform community that you can find, there are tons of these strawmen in the flesh. I took the above statements 100% seriously because I have known, being conservative here, dozens of people who meant statements like that with 100% sincerity. Those are the kind of people I'm replying to. If somebody just means to be dramatic when they're saying that without literally believing it, then yeah, I'm wasting my time and just being pedantic, but I genuinely don't believe that most people who say statements like that are simply being dramatic. I've known too many who meant it and not anywhere near as many who were just exaggerating. Furthermore, even when somebody is exaggerating, they're reinforcing the beliefs of the people who aren't. I genuinely wish I could believe that everybody who says things like that are being silly and not genuine.
That aside, what causes you to believe that the success of erotica is overproportional? If erotica is not as commonly successful as non-erotica, how much smaller does its success need to be to be more proportionate? And how we do define what makes a genre overproportionate in the first place? Simply having more of it? In that case, action is overproportionately successful. As is adventure and fantasy. So is romance. Just seems very puritan to me to target one specific (and often controversial) factor that contributes to a story's success when there are other factors leading to significantly higher success much more frequently. People behave, unironically so, that having sex in your story is going to instantly boost its popularity when there isn't really anything to suggest that when you look at the whole picture. Or let me rephrase - that sex in your story is going to boost it more than having literally anything else that is appealing to the site's general audience. At which point, this whole thing is basically "writing stuff that people like makes them like your stuff more." At which point, that's just such common sense and not even worth discussing unless you want to get into the philosophical stuff like why people like what they like, what's the point of having this discussion at all? This entire thread can be summed up as "write what people like and they'll be more likely to read your stuff," yet it's always sexuality being specifically singled out and never the countless other tropes and themes that are significantly more appealing to the general audience.