Eurydice (eurydice72) wrote,
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To porn or not to porn?

Craig and I were on the way home from the mall when we got launched into a rather long and heated discussion on what exactly porn is.

It all started when we were at mall information, and Craig was filling out a card in case someone turned in his keys (Alicia had laid them down in a store after getting them from Alex and we didn't know where they were). There were two women there, and while one was talking to Craig, the other asked me how Craig and I met, considering our different accents. So I said online, which sparked a lengthy conversation.

Well, Craig seemed a little hesitant when we were talking, and when we got out to the car, I asked him if it was all right that I'd volunteered the information. His response was, "Of course. It's not like you get upset when I tell people you write porn."

Now, I don't get upset that he tells people this. It's not completely indiscriminate, and to be honest, every guy I've met that he's told has, for some reason, thought it was the coolest thing (men, ha!). What I think bugs me is that I don't really think of myself as being a porn writer. I mean, yeah, there's smut in the stories, and yeah, the chapters that are NC17 are graphic...

But I want to think that having a preponderance of plot in comparison to how many chapters are actually smutty doesn't make me a porn writer. Am I being completely naive? Where's the line to be drawn between porn and...not-porn? (OK, it's late, and I've been blurbing all day and my brain is fried, so not-porn is the best thing I can come up with.) Is Craig right? Or is all NC17 fic automatically porn?

Inquiring minds want to know. :)
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