After years of trying to define and categorize their writing, four young authors decided it was time to break myths about the erotic and the romantic in writing, and Nu Romanticism was formed.
Established in 2017
With the advent of e-publishing, especially self publishing, the erotic romance market became flooded. With that, everyone and her mother (maybe even father) thought they would become the next E. L. James. Erotica started to become synonymous with writing for titillation only, and the erotic romance writers who still cared about craft and arc and plot and character development and everything else in between, i.e. the beauty and romantic in the written word, were getting lost somewhere in between porn and happily-ever-after tropes, neither of which fit what they were writing. A small group decided it was time to dispel myths about what is and where good writing can be found, that romantic is in just about anything that has aesthetic beauty in it, even, if not especially, the erotic, and, hence, The Nu Romantics was established to shine the spotlight on the "romantic" is in all genres. We've started a revolution! Won't you join us?
The goal of The Nu Romantics is simple: To bring our mission to fruition and break stereotypes, which stems from the idea that good writing can be found in all genres and that to ignore the erotic as a separate category, unaccepted as some deviant endeavor, is foolish. With an emphasis on writing and technique and telling a story first, The Nu Romantics argue that romance and romantic are not synonyms. Romance is a genre that requires some semblance of a happy ending. Erotica focuses on titillation. The Nu Romantics are here to say that any writing that makes the reader feel, that uses language to create beauty, in nature or romance or even suffering and death, has its place. We are connected as humans in our life experiences, and if we can express that through art that renders emotion in a reader, including erotic aspects, that is romantic. A couple who takes their life is romantic. Saying goodbye to the one person you love is romantic. And watching a sunset when you know the world is about to end, that, too, is romantic.