I think that a mistake we erotica writers make is that we forget how saturated our readers are with porn. Readers have a basic level of erotic comprehension that far surpasses the readers of just ten years ago. Readers know about swingers, bondage, submission, polyamory and exhibitionism. Although there will always be a crop of readers, both young and old, who will be experiencing their first Coming-of-Slave story, a growing majority of readers will become bored as they read such basic level erotica.
Erotica needs more second level porn. That is a tricky concept in itself. I am not referring to more extreme porn, or highly fetishized porn. The world doesn’t need more pierced tattooed erotica bragging about how on the edge it is. What I am suggesting is more porn that takes advantage of the reader’s level of comprehension.
A lot of porn spends it’s time introducing erotic concepts to readers as if the reader just escaped from a Mormon commune. There is no need for that anymore. We can produce stories that ask the next question- Can a newly trained slave find happiness when her master lends her to his swinger brother? Can a lifelong exhibitionist control herself when she moves in with her two very introverted lovers? Can a breath play masturbator and his escape bondage painslut make their relationship work?
Those are extreme examples but you know, they are not outside the scope of the average reader’s knowledge. As erotica writers, it is time we move from educating people about kink and start applying what we know to make more enriching stories. We can bring our readers, and ourselves out of the ‘See Jane Fuck’ level of readership and into some modern day erotic classics.