There is a sub-genre of Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Cyberpunk out there called LitRPG. It stands for Literary Role Playing Game. The definition of LitRPG is open to interpretation and at this point it is a little fuzzy. As far as I know (And please add your voice to what you believe it to be), It means a literary story with game like elements in a game world/setting. One of the main aspects is leveling, gaining abilities, loot and becoming stronger to defeat your enemies. It is a type of portal fiction where players enter or are forced into a game world to survive, grow and/or escape/rule.
The genre has been around for a long time but mostly under the science fiction or fantasy settings. This isn’t a crash course in LitRPG but more of a gentle swimming in the deepening waters. LitRPG has grown within the last year and to be honest, I find it fascinating. Telling a game world/story is the perfect connection to our society as it embraces virtual worlds. With movies and books like Ready Player One, Jumanji and Scott Pilgrim, it can only lead to more stories. (Let us not forget anime like Sword Art Online and Hack.Sign just to name a few.)
But back to what I’m trying to say.
LitRPG is young and still growing. Confining a genre to a certain set of rules is constricting and eventually suffocating. It will fall under it’s own weight and eventually be consumed. For something to grow, it must expand to fill the growing void. Boredom could drive it’s lazy claws into it and become a turn off for those just jumping in.
Now, I’ve been writing for a few years. When I stumbled onto LitRPG, my creative juices began to flow. I fell in love as the genre kissed me on the neck and let its tongue glide along my skin. I instantly began working on a story for the genre, bringing my own sexy edge to it. Thoughts flowed to a fantasy world where you can play a character class and be free to love and lust how you want, when you want. Seven books in, it has been a wild and fun ride, one that will always lovingly haunt my writing career because it took hold of me and bent me back as I placed the back of my hand to my forehead with a sigh.
I have made really good friends in the genre and explore many worlds but I came across a concern. Stories tended to stay in a certain kind of formula. It’s not bad if you like reading the same kind of books but LitRPG is ripe for exploration. I mean, sexy worlds are abound and would only help open the floodgates to new readers. Romance can inflame hearts as characters explore not only their abilities/skills but bring in new eyes to something with willing seduction.
Some of my fellow authors have taken to writing sexy LitRPG. Game worlds where you can have action, loot and power but you can also have intimate encounters and blissful romance. The tribe of LitRPG is growing and we should take our time to help nurture it.
There has been a little push back. Some vocal readers have expressed their displeasure at reading heated pleasure. True, we all have our priorities but expanding one’s taste to include a little sensual action never hurt anyone. As a matter of fact, it leads people to take on that warm glow and smile. (Or moan, at least that’s how I imagine it. Tell me if I’m wrong.)
Eden, what are you trying to say?
I’m saying, as you peruse the many wonderful LitRPG titles, take a moment to read some of the fine titles below. Their worlds are amazing and filled with sexy encounters. If you like your fantasy/sci-fi with a sexy edge, these are the authors you want to follow.
This small list is far from complete but it is a starting point. Please add any authors in the comments so I may expand it. 🙂
May the sexy reading engulf your imagination with erotic tales of bliss.
*Edit- I wanted to add something. A reader brought up that the article dictated the end of LitRPG if it doesn’t expand. That was not my intention. LitRPG is in fact growing. My concerns were based on diversity in the genre. It has happened in the past where some believed their should be strict rules when it comes to writing LitRPG but there has been an openness to try new things within the genre and I was only focusing on the erotica/romance part.
Most LitRPG is fantasy based (My books are guilty of that too. Something I wish to change in the near future ;). Added diversity could help bring in new readers and writers. Sci-fi, horror, romance and mystery LitRPG could be the shot in the arm for new stories. Some possibilities could be a dating sim like stories, horror worlds, even space and sci-fi MMO stories. Diversity is the key and that is what should be nurtured in whatever world you wish to explore. 🙂