A Little Thought on Sex in Writing

Good Evening Followers and Fellow Bloggers!

As I sit in my car, on yet another hour drive to work, I put in a book on tape to help pass the time. As the author begins to describe a very graphic sex scene, I start to wonder to myself, when does a sex scene in a novel become too much for the genre.


As we are all adults and can respect that there is a time and a place for the discussion of sex, I personally believe that it is up to the author to decide when a scene is necessary to the story, or when it has breached the chasm of “too much information”. This is something that doesn’t just pertain to sex, but also violence and other controversial issues. I believe that it is up to the author to think to themselves who am I writing this book for? Who is my primary audience? Don’t get me wrong, I am not condemning fantasy or fervid emotion, more so playing the devils advocate. I myself, love gossip, passion and emotion, and use it in my work. However, I don’t believe that when reading a novel, that is clearly meant for a young audience, that I should be reading about the “slapping” sound effects occurring in the violent sex scene. I also would like to point out the difference between having a detailed sex scene in a tactful manner and being almost crude about the actions that are occurring in the scene. In addition to this, I’d like to say that there is a time and place for that type of writing, when it’s expected it’s one thing, when it hits you out of nowhere in a novel you would not expect to be so crude, its another thing entirely.

Any thoughts on this subject? Does anyone agree or disagree?


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