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EroticaIn fanfiction, erotica is descriptive language presented in a way that sexually arouses a reader. Erotica is far more complicated than merely describing a sex act, however, and differs from pornography in that much is left to the imagination and the reader is expected to care about the characters beyond their value as fantasy objects. To write erotica well requires boldness, imagination, a large vocabulary and a great deal of skill at choosing the proper wording. Generally, fic authors who write romance between their characters will use erotic language to invest the reader in the relationship. See 'Rating', 'pornography', 'Smut'.

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