for the overly prosected pervert and asking us to make a moralassesment as to which characters were a threat to the town's kids.Romance needs risk.JANUARY 1, 2008 3:45 PMJPSsaid...Great topic. I've had to deal with this issue recently in a novel I'mjust now revising. In the past I've written sex scenes which tend--it'sin their nature--to resemble a recipe ("add two cups of love, a pinchof lust, stir gently...," etc.), and, frankly, it's not that much fun towrite. Which is why in Britain they have an annual Bad Sex Contest.Read the shortlist--most by very well-known writers--and youwonder what got into these people. Or you wonder: do they reallyget up to this between the sheets?In my novel, which is set in 1944, I opted for romance instead ofsex. No graphic blow-by-blow descriptions (please forgive thesepuns, but, hell, it's in the nature of things), and in the end theromance works perfectly, because it's right for the setting and timeof the action itself. Graphic sex would have stopped the action,killed the mood of the scenes and drawn attention to itself.So context, really, is everything.JANUARY 1, 2008 3:55 PMJulie Graysaid...Great comments, Geena! (as always) You bring up some interestingquestions. My post is primarily focused on writers shrugging off self-conscious writing in order to be able to write great stuff.JANUARY 1, 2008 8:50 PMJPSsaid...I disagree with you, Geena, on "The History of Violence". Though thesex was, to say the least, athletic, it was clearly and always amatter between two consenting adults. At no point did I or my wife,for that matter, sense that Viggo's wife was in any way beingassaulted or being coerced into sex with her husband.JANUARY 2, 2008 5:20 AMGeenasaid...It was consenting, I'm not making a direct analogy to sexual assault,date rape. But I did see the sex scene as violent ( I only use theword becuase of the movie title)and it gave the audience a glimpse into what this man was capableof as his past creeped its way to the surface.I can't recall the exact sequence of events, but wasn't the wifealready doubting her husband's claim of a spotless past, and evenbegining to fear him. So he demonstrated he loved her and was alsocapable of violence.JANUARY 2, 2008 11:51 AM
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