Originally Posted by BeccaPrice
Actually, there is a distinction (at least in Romancelandia) between erotica and porn. Erotica has a plot, where there is a relationship that is furthered by the sexual encounters. In porn, (so I've been told, I'm not a scholar of such things), either there is no real relationship, or there's no real plot at all.
A plot's a plot, no matter how thin. "Porn" stories do often have plots, and they may not be War and Peace, but they still count. About the only kind of porn that has "no plot" is probably a video that starts at the beginning of copulation, ends at the "money shot," and has no dialogue in-between (other than moans). And even that can be said to have a plot, be it as simple as "two (or more) people strive to find common pleasure through sex."
I agree that there's no real distinction between porn and erotica. One is a word to denote acceptable material, and the other is a word used to denote unacceptable material. Which word you use for which behavior wholly depends on the individual's point of view.