Does a story have to have a 'happy' ending to be erotica?

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Does a story have to have a 'happy' ending to be erotica?

Postby Tang » Sun Oct 10, 2021 10:57 am

I have a sense that I could guess at some of the responses I might get to this question on this particular forum. It was stimulated by a 2-star review of my book on Amazon, 'Stepping into Gina's World'. The book sees a letting agent, Georgina, who fantasises about being a prostitute for a sexual buzz, being sent a pair of thigh-high boots. Wearing them shifts her into an alter ego, i.e. Gina, who is a prostitute in the same town and indeed might be a version of her who had had some alternate turns in the road. Georgina fluctuates between trying to shake off this alter ego and indulging in it, until in the end the choice is made for her and she ends up fully becoming Gina.

Now, the review condemned the book as not being erotic because Georgina becoming Gina for good, given prostitutes' lives, is not a happy ending. I just wondered what people's views here might be on that as it is the first time that I have had one of my erotic books slated for not being erotic! That is despite the numerous sex scenes of different kinds in it. Does a story need a 'happy' ending to be erotica? If not, how do I alert readers like this reviewer that this is a different kind of book to what might turn them on?
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Re: Does a story have to have a 'happy' ending to be erotica

Postby daelon » Sun Oct 10, 2021 5:59 pm

The short answer is no. The ending needs to be one you enjoy. You won't make everyone happy all the time. Some of my favorite erotica has identity death and characters ending up worse off in many ways from how they started. Some of it doesn't, and instead has the characters ending up significantly better and happier than they started.Write what you enjoy.
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Re: Does a story have to have a 'happy' ending to be erotica

Postby GraceFairway6 » Mon Oct 11, 2021 2:05 am

In general, I'd say no, providing the ending fits the story. I have no real preference for happy or downbeat endings, as long as they're a natural or sensible endpoint after what has come before. I've read a few stories that have ended happily with a tacked-on positive ending, but it didn't feel right, and that took me out of the whole thing. For your story specifically (which comes highly recommended), I thought the ending was an effective and organic one that works well - I don't really understand what the negative reviewer was thinking, but I guess it takes all sorts!
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Re: Does a story have to have a 'happy' ending to be erotica

Postby obviousagent » Tue Oct 12, 2021 9:43 am

I have to agree with the above comments posted, There does not need to be a happy ending in erotica, as long as it fits the story a bad end is perfectly fine, in fact I prefer it usually.
Grace, makes the point far more eloquently than I can.
As Daelon said write what you enjoy, if people are worried or you think it matters do a preface to the story.
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Re: Does a story have to have a 'happy' ending to be erotica

Postby itsme » Fri Oct 15, 2021 4:12 pm

I haven't read your book. But, what does a happy ending have to do with erotic? I personnally think that erotic stories shouldn't have a happy ending. Especially in the transformation space. Being naughty is a good part of eroticism thus why would I want a happy ending.

I have always thought of it this way, (at least from transformation stories which is what this site is about) if it has a happy ending, it's Disney and family friendly. If it doesn't that is what makes it a sex story. I mean, look at Freaky Friday, it has a happy ending, thus who calls it erotic. Leave them trapped as each other, that makes all the difference in the world.

Think about it, how many 'erotic' stories end, and they lived happily ever after?
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