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A. Hall (tenover10) So, I'm a little new to the romance scene, kind of been exploring the past 2 years or so and I think I've seen enough erotica in the genre to pinpoint exactly what I like.

I'll ask first, though: how graphic do you like your sex scenes? Do you like titillating suggestive scenes or full on graphic language? You know, when body parts are referred to as their porn descriptors(I am uncertain if I can come out and write such vulgar language)?

What is the line for you? IS there a line that makes it good or cheesy?

And what about frequency? Are you bothered when it barely happens/is inserted once a chapter?

I've decided, for myself, I love compelling characters. I don't think it matters to me how graphic the sex is, whether things are called by their dirty names or not, nor how often it happens. You can tease me and keep me thirsty for quite a while, so long as the interactions between the couple have me rooting for them getting together. And I don't mind if the eventual payoff is a flowery, titilating scene of shadow and suggestion, either. That's good too.

There really doesn't have to be a whole lot of conflict or action moving a plot forward in the book(although that's always really nice to have). All that matters is the lovers are interesting to watch. Whether it's a hot-cold tension-building dynamic or whether they're in love right away and devoted. They have to feel real as individuals and the interaction outside of the bedroom has to be entertaining. That's it. That's my standard.

What about you?


message 2: by PG (new)

PG Devlim | 1 comments Hi Amanda,

This is an interesting question. I'm surprised no one has responded yet.

I think the key elements for me are good characters and well-written scenes. (I don't like the rocket/tunnel type euphemisms!). So I agree with you really. They need to be realistic characters who are not one dimensional.

In terms of the actual sex scenes, as long as the story flows and the words used don't jolt you out of the scene I don't mind if it is explicit (I guess I would lean that way) or implicit.

The key to a good scene (whether it is sexual or not) is how it affects me. Does it get my blood pumping? Does it make me sad, exasperated with a characters action or non-action? Does it make me scared (don't open that door!), or does it turn me on?

In my own writing, I am trying to figure out the same answer to the question you pose. What is too much? And where is the fine line. The answer I have come up with (based on feedback from my editor, first beta reader and my own reflections) is to ask another question: what audience am I writing for? Is it those interested in erotica or am I aiming for a broader audience who may steer away from the more explicit storylines and scenes? This gives me an idea of the playing field.

As for frequency, I guess again, it relates to the story. Is it needed everywhere? Does it serve a function in character development? It could be that adult scenes are required due to the nature of the story. Or it might be that a one-off scene is all that is needed to show another side of a character.

I guess the conclusion is that too much sex can be either good for the story or ruin the story because it gets in the way of everything else. Where is the right balance? For me, that therefore depends on the story.

Hopefully I've answered your question to some extent. :)

Cheers

Paul


message 3: by PepperP0t (new)

PepperP0t  | 534 comments I agree with you both on the characters but I don't care if clinical names or euphemisms are used. It's important to me that the sex scene(s) feel as if it's part of the story and not the point of it. I don't want or need page after page after page (ad nauseum) of a how to guide. The placing of the scene is important since the chemistry and interaction of the characters are affected for the rest of the read (i.e. where do the characters go next?)


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