Are erotic romance readers turning to sweet romance fiction? Page 1

Thank you

First of all, I want to start by saying a huge thank you to everyone for doing the quiz, answering my questions, and indulging my nerdiness! You’re all wonderful.

Get ready for lots of pie graphs

The results for the romance reader quiz are in! Share This on Twitter

The results are broken up into sections. You’ll find each section below. It’s now 1:19 a.m. 31 May 2018. I almost lost the entire report because of the amount of memory the graphs are taking up, so I’ve had to split everything up. You’ll find links at the bottom of the page.


I’ve heard the rumors that erotic romance is trending down and that readers are turning to sweet romance.

Although I don’t write erotic romance, the main reason behind this line of inquiry boils down to systemic censorship. I suspected that the demand for erotic romance fiction is waning possibly because of censorship (i.e. if no one is able to buy erotic romance, then the sub-genre is less likely to be written, but not always).

There has also been the shock of erotic romance and erotica publishers closing down–publishers like Samhain Publishing and Ellora’s Cave. Realistically, there are a number of reasons that publishers go under. But that is another story for another day.

And then you have articles asking whether erotic romance has lost its sizzleWe’ve also seen Amazon subject erotica and erotic romance to rank stripping.

I also suspected that IF there is a downturn in erotic romance, it is because readers might just want more wholesome romance, and there’s nothing wrong with that, because the reader is buying based on their own preferences.

The other major reason for this query is because I’m also a romance editor, I’m curious by nature, and I want to know what is happening in the romance field.

When I talked to other authors, they seemed to be wondering whether erotic romance demand might be lessening, but we didn’t know for sure. We all work within our own small digital spaces, and it’s hard to tell if there is a specific trend happening.

If I’ve learned anything from this research in the wake of #cockygate, we’re a bunch of people who will fight to the death for our romance and for our freedom to read it, so I thought, let’s go for it and see what kind of responses we get.


The quiz

Definitions and sales activity of erotic romance and sweet romance authors

The quiz and its design

The results

More results: #Metoo movement, skipping over sex scenes and more

The conclusions

What do you think?

Do you think there is censorship in play regarding erotica and erotic romance?

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  • Interesting results. I do think Erotic/Erotica is being censored/hidden from view by the sales platforms and this would be having an adverse effect on the overall sales. Thank you for this information.

    • Georgia Carter Mathers says:

      You’re very welcome, Susan. 🙂 Yes, I had my suspicions that there has been censorship in play, but now I’m not so sure.

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