Thursday, 4 October 2007

Booking through Thursday - Decorum

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Do you have “issues” with too much profanity or overly explicit (ahem) “romantic” scenes in books? Or do you take them in stride? Have issues like these ever caused you to close a book? Or do you go looking for more exactly like them? (grin)

I have to admit that I am getting very old-fashioned about explicit scenes in books. It's a purely personal preference; I don't have any problems with authors wanting to include them, if they are a necessary part of the plot and, if it's a book I am really enjoying, I can always skip that bit if I find it very tiresome.

However, I do believe that it is very difficult to write such scenes well. Too often they are simply ludicrous and, although I've been trying to think of an author who does it convincingly, no-one comes to mind, while I can find quite a few candidates guilty of, at best, silliness and at worst, salaciousness. I know I'm sounding quite judgmental here and that, even if I've reached a stage in my life where I am quite simply not interested, that's not the case for other people, so I'm not trying to impose my views on anyone. I am firmly anti-censorship.

On a lighter note, I quite often exchange books with my two adult sons, and I sometimes find myself reading some very explicit stuff! If they knew the cringing it causes in their poor old mother they would be highly amused!

6 comments:

BooksPlease said...

I agree with you and I don't think you're being judgmental at all .

Jaimie said...

Same here. I just skip it. When I was young I read romantic scenes in books because I was curious about that kind of stuff. Now it just bugs me. Not a judgment, just grown out of it.

Chris said...

I think it's very difficult to write well.

Mei said...

I'm getting to the point where I'll skip those parts too--not because I'm offended, but because they are all alike. I'd much rather an author leave things to my imagination than painstakingly describe every breath, every touch.
There are some books I've read that I NOT loan to my mom!

gautami tripathy said...

I agree. Writing such scenes are not easy. One has keep that sensual element too in mind.

GeraniumCat said...

Thank you all for your comments. I found myself taking this question really quite seriously, so I'm glad that there are people who agree!