More About Sex

For the erotica readers amongst us… think about the sex scenes you’ve read. What is best: all romantic phrases, or a little realism injected?

I think everyone has their list of favorite really bad phrases. Horrible metaphors for body parts. I seem to recall a discussion of this on chat lists once. Phrases for the male part included ‘vein-laden meat pipe’ and ‘heat-seeking pleasure missile’ and the like. If people are giggling during your sex scene, you may have erred on this side!

However, I think good erotica writing shouldn’t be afraid to add a little realism. Readers probably don’t want every single detail of how there were moles with hair growing out of them, or how the underwear had track marks, or how tab A didn’t quite find its place in slot B for six tries until they got it right. But it can make the exciting parts of your sex scene more exciting to bring in details of realism, like making a teasing process out of hanging up the clothes as you take them off, or how the wall you were pushed up against was cold. That’s my opinion, anyway… and of course it depends on how good the writing is!

What do you think?


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Daniel
    Aug 17, 2008 @ 09:47:52

    This is a challenging balance that I struggled with in my novel, An Island Away. In the end, with my editors help, I believe it came out just right.

  2. asherose
    Aug 17, 2008 @ 15:39:12

    Excellent! A good editor can make all the difference. 🙂

  3. writeableramblings
    Aug 17, 2008 @ 18:56:29

    not sure but steamywordguys blog is pretty damn good.

  4. asherose
    Aug 18, 2008 @ 08:36:13

    I checked him out, seems to be an interesting sex blog.

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