JulieCJ wrote:Sierra, Sierra, Sierra . . . *sigh*
You obviously are not a romance writer. And, you don't understand HUMAN sex, either. "Only so many ways to have sex?" PUL-EEZE! I've been married for going on 43 years now, and I'm here to tell you, the variations are darn near endless . . .
I really am having a hard time understanding why you are SO VEHEMENTLY ANTI-SEX. I have to assume that perhaps you have been victimized in some way because of it, or, maybe it's some religion thing - but your personal problems with sex don't mean you have to deny everyone else their reading enjoyment.
Romance novels are based on the relationship between the lovers (not always male-female - which may open up another bag of worms for you). In a romance novel, the sex NEEDS TO BE THERE. Real-life married couples DO NOT GO THROUGH LIFE WITHOUT SEX . . . Couples in romance novels are like real-life couples - and nothing will change that. There are countless plot twists, many of which end with a 'reconciliation.' And, the sex scenes shed light on the relationship - good, bad, deep, shallow, jealous, trusting, loving, etc., etc., etc. And that's just the sensual sex. Then there's the rough, out-of-control sex, or even deviant sex or rape. There is nothing else that can take the place of sex scenes to accomplish the goals of sex scenes.
Other genre's focus on the 'object,' the killer, the espionage, the car, the building, the 'whatever.' Sex may or may not happen and if it does, it's only a sub-plot, at best. Those books work within their own genre, and sex isn't the focus. In romance books, sex is very often the primary focus. That's just how it is. The romance genre is not going away because YOU have a problem with sex.
My blog post - which seems to have earned your ire - isn't about the morality of sex, in any event. That's entirely up to the individual writer. The post is about the mechanics of writing a sex scene, should the need for one come up. I did not say every writer HAD to use sex scenes. That's ridiculous. The content is up to the individual writer. I just know that a lot of writers are not comfortable writing about sex - and, in most cases, it's more about the environment they grew up in than anything else. It was in my case. So, I recommend that these folks practice writing sex scenes, just as they practice writing in general. It was just that practice that helped me overcome my own inhibitions about writing sex scenes.
By being so anti-sex, you have effectively closed the door to a crucial part of the writing experience for yourself. You'd be surprised what you can learn about your characters by doing a sex scene (even if you never include it in your book). Things are said and done (other than the sex) during that time that wouldn't normally happen in a straight-laced and sexless everyday life. Suddenly, your characters become more real - for you, and for your readers. By refusing to utilize sex scenes when your muse drags you kicking and screaming to that point, you've destroyed your story! Your readers will, from the lead-up, expect a sex scene and when they don't get it, they will be greatly disappointed and may even abandon the story.
You may not like it but sex sells books, especially romance books, but others as well. It's true that it's a reflection on the deterioration of the human condition in today's world, but from a marketing stand point, if you're writing a romance novel, you really should be good at doing sex scenes. You, as one person, no matter how hard you try, are NOT going to change that.
Stop looking at this like a morality thing and look at it as a writer who needs to be ready for ANYTHING your muse presents!
You know what, shove it. You've obviously not read a word of what I've wrote.
I said several times I wrote romance before. Several sex scenes until I was sick of it. Most of them yaoi. Do a web search.
That is gay porn, baby.
And to those who say not all yaoi is gay porn? Then it's considered shonen-ai. Learn your terms.
I have not been victimized in that way, but I know people who have. I have been victimized in other ways, yes. And I really don't think that's the point here.
Before I get anymore upset, because I will say right now I am more livid than I have ever been before at you people, I'm going to log off and go away.
Earlier I PMed about getting my account deleted and I'm still very firm in that. I'm sure that'll make a lot of people happy since no one has been very pleased with me here and there are certain specific people (Margo) that I know dislike me enough to like to pick pick pick until I'm riled every single time I make a comment.
I can't keep doing this. Every time I comment on something it's always turned around to make it look like I'm the bad guy.
I'm done. /DONE/.