Chat Between Chapters: Close the bedroom door?

May 4, 2014 Chat Between Chapters, Featured Posts 11


 Close the bedroom door or invite in, which do you prefer a book to do when it comes to sexy time?

Julie Review Avatar Julie:

Well, I think it depends on the kind of book I’m reading. I’m not really into reading erotica, so unless I specifically pick up that kind of book, I don’t expect an overly graphic sex scene. If I’m reading a YA, this is a delicate balance because of the audience reading the book. I expect YA sex scenes to be either a cut scene or a very vague description of feelings. I don’t mind being invited in, if it is tastefully done. As for a regular adult or new adult type of book, well you expect a scene every now and then, right? Again, unless I’m reading erotica, I don’t expect – or want – descriptions of specific body parts. (Please don’t ever describe something to me as thick and vein-y, for example. Gag!) But I certainly don’t mind being invited in, especially if the scene solidifies the relationship between the characters. 

Rose review avatar Rose:

This very question was recently discussed at Houston Teen Book Con by a panel of authors. Some authors claimed that they purposefully wrote sexy scenes in their teen books (YA-MA anyone???) and other authors said they would jump cut from the “right before” to the “just after” or even the next day. So which do I prefer? I don’t have a definite answer here. One thing that I absolutely hate is cheesy love scenes that you typically find in traditional romance. Sometimes those books are simply ridiculous. I also am not really a big fan of “how taboo or steamy can an author make this scene” type books. I want to know my characters intimately. Sometimes that calls for full disclosure, and sometimes it does not. There are no hard and fast rules. I would say if it is about awkward first love, then jump cutting is kind of cheating. I want to experience all the awkwardness with my characters and laugh and remember what it was like to be a in love for the very first time again. However, in some other books, a nice lead up and a politely closed door are okay as well. It is all about what enhances the story. The scene should really reflect on the characters themselves. I have read some books in which a character does a complete 180 in the bedroom. And it wasn’t necessary to the story. It felt strange reading it, like it was there for pure sensationalism and nothing else. However, I have also been deeply involved in a character’s struggles and back story only to be left cold when her and her love interest finally get to “the good part.” Sometimes it just feels right to “jump cut” and other times it leaves me disappointed. All in all, I would say this is where the author’s finesse as a writer really comes into play. A well written book will make you remember how you felt, but not necessarily what you read. Sometimes the sexiest scenes are ones in which the author leaves a little something to your own imagination.

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11 Responses to “Chat Between Chapters: Close the bedroom door?”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    I agree that it depends on the book. While I don’t mind the fade to black scenes or the graphic scenes, I really do care that said scenes are not gratuitous. I want the steamy times to fit with the story and I want a good story to go along with the steamy times. 😉 In YA, I want the steamy scenes to be realistic for young adults, and I don’t mind fade to black at all! 😉

    This is an excellent discussion, girls!
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    • Julie

      Yes! There has to be a purpose served by that scene. It shouldn’t feel like the author said “ooh I’ll just insert a sex scene here. That will make the book sell.”

  2. Braine Talk Supe

    I agree with you both on some points. My opinion on this is it depends on the story, to some, even in erotica, it feels like cheap porn, in others it feels organic. NA is notorious for sex just for the sake of sex.

    In YA, let’s be honest here, young adults do have sex but I guess like some readers, I want to keep that part veiled. Plus as an adult, it’s kinda weird to be a fly in the wall while a pair of teens are going at it.
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    • Julie

      Yea I’m with you. It feels weird being an adult reading about underage sex heh. Its like – I’m not a pedophile I swear.

    • Rose

      Unfortunately NA is notorious for sex for the sake of sex and I hate that!

  3. April @ The Steadfast Reader

    Oo! Good question! I think that I agree with Rose in that it really depends on the style of the book and what the author is doing with the characters? Is it extraneous? I don’t need sex just for the sake of sex in my books, it needs to serve some narrative or character purpose.

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    • Julie

      Agree April, it really does need to serve a purpose to develop the characters and their story line.

    • Rose

      Extraneous! That was the word I was looking for! Thanks April! I couldn’t have said it better.

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