We interrupt this story to bring you…SEX!
I’ll read books with explicit sex scenes…but I do want to expect them. 🙂
I think it’s quite strange when I’m reading a story I’m enjoying…a science fiction novel, a mystery, with interesting character development and plot, and suddenly, there is an anatomically specific sex scene.
It doesn’t feel like it belongs there: like it’s an ad for sex. 😉
The old saying is that sex sells, but these sorts of incongruous sex congress interludes have the opposite effect on me.
They often aren’t even sexy…it’s so step by step, it reads like instructions on how to put together a piece of furniture. 😉
Again, my biggest problem with them is that they just don’t belong there. It would be just as bad if you were reading a Western and got three pages of string theory (wait…I think Michael Crichton might have actually done that once…just kidding).
I was recently speaking with an author who had a related story. This author wrote a novel, and the publisher said it needed a sex scene. The author suggested that wasn’t a good idea…and the publisher offered to hire a ghost writer for it!
The book was published without it, and honestly, I think people would have liked the book a lot less with one of these “coitus insertus” bits.
While there are undeniably people who seek out a book to read because it has sex, I just can’t see a lot of people saying, “You know, I loved that novel…but it would have been better with a sex scene in it.”
I don’t know what the answer is to it. Books don’t have a rating system, like movies or videogames, and I don’t really want them to have one. It’s not even about rating the overall level…I just want to know ahead of time if the author (perhaps under the influence of an editor/publisher) is going to take a “dirty detour”.
I should be clear: editors and publishers often greatly improve a book…the recent example of
which was reportedly an early draft of
appears to be the exemplar of editorial improvement.
What do you think? Are you bothered by these sorts of sex scenes? Are there other types of incongruous scenes which bother you? Are they less likely in tradpubs (traditionally published) books than in indies (independently published books)? Would you want to be warned…if so, how and by whom? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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