It’s been a few weeks since I turned to other readers/bloggers and talked about sex in books – and if we thought there was just TOO MUCH.
After I read all the feedback, then the comments on the post, more and more thoughts came sprouting up and I just feel the need to talk about it.
One thing I found I mistakenly did was not phrase my questions perfectly when gathering answers to the questions. I think the question, “Do you think there is such a thing as too much sex in a book?” should have split in TWO. Is there too much sex in A BOOK and is there too much sex in BOOKS, overall. My intention was to gather as much information as I could – without overwhelming readers with all the feedback – and I don’t think I got a good read on it, overall.
This is what I wanted to talk about. Because I feel like the demand is – the naughtier, the better. In each review I find, there is at least a paragraph dedicated to this alone. Some readers even admitted to reading the more steamy books after a slew of non-steamy. Not judging – to each his/her own.
Sex sells. I hate to say it, but it does. It seems like 50 Shades of Gray opened up a HUGE can of worms when it came to explicit sex scenes. What’s interesting, is that sex has always been in novels – whether implied or detailed – but for some reason, that book set the mold and made it mainstream.
I have read pitches for books that comment on the sex in a book, and I have read people beg and complain about the lack thereof in some cases. I can’t say how much pressure this puts on authors to pump out the sexy times – but I assume it’s a lot. You want to please the majority and this will. Which = more readers, more hype thus, more money. But what about those of us that don’t mind the tamer books? That don’t mind the non-existent sex scenes? In my opinion, there has to be balance and there isn’t any. You piss off one group while pleasing the other. It’s got to suck.
Example. I read a novella a few weeks back that I was looking forward to for months. It’s a part of one of my favorite series but after i read it? I was so disappointed (and pissed, to be honest) that there was basically NO plot at all to the book, other than the two having sex; with some minor character development. Most readers LOVED IT. I didn’t.
Another example – chapter 32. If you read Jeanine Frost, you know what I am talking about. I feel like that chapter – er, sex scene – set the mold for what Jeanine can write and will be compared to ALL of her other scenes. I love that she can write explicit scenes but tame it down as it pertains to the characters and plot, other readers didn’t.
Am I over thinking this?
In any case. I don’t MIND IT – for the most part. I just feel like it’s hard to find a romance novel these days WITHOUT it, ya know?
I Turn the Spotlight On You
- Do you think sex has become mainstream in romance novels?
- How much impact do you think readers have on authors writing those scenes?
Share your thoughts in the comments!
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