02 September 2012
Researching for Romance Writing: Sex, Sensuality, Or Both!
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Celtic Legend And Lore
History In Style: Seventeenth Century Dresses
Action Sequences MMA Style
The Claymore Sword
A Peek Into Riding Habits
Sexy Is Not About Looks
Biting The Bullet
Sex, Sensuality, And More...Or Less: A Romance Writer's Investigation.
Writer's Relief posted an interesting article, Writing Sex Scenes: How Much Is Too Much? I'll hazard a guess that if you ask romance readers, you'll get a wide variety of responses. Sex and sensuality are no strangers to romance novels, it's expected within the pages of a good romance. The disparity comes when asking what constitutes 'enough' sex or sensuality. Some readers prefer great romantic tension and build up, but fade to black intimate scenes. Others prefer the same, but with the addition of a sexual scene or scenes - as the case may be. Readers of erotica want plenty of both - and more graphically depicted. Personally, I would categorize erotica as a separate sub-genre of romance, but the lines are blurred with the addition of the tag 'erotic romances', and therefore, I include erotica in my discussion, noting that I recognize the division.
Most readers I have spoken with conveyed similar sentiments. While they hold a certain personal preference, they are not opposed to more - or less - sensuality or sex provided the scenes are well written - and of course, that the story is one they enjoy. Nearly all expressed aversion to sex scenes slapped within a story simply to boast a sex scene. Sterile and clinical descriptions of the act likewise affected readers negatively. But, my research subjects are few - mostly consisting of romance reading friends. Menopause Maniac linked back to Daily Mail, where poll results claim a staggering 91% of the 400 women quizzed reported to have read at least one erotic book. More than two thirds, 68%, stated they would like to do so more often. Despite the small pool of readers polled, results suggest that readers welcome sex and sensuality in romance novels.
Erotic content in romance novels is on the rise. As a reader, I'm not opposed. But after asking around, one theme popped up over and again. Sensuality is the key. Sex in and of itself isn't what grabs readers up and carries them away. Rather, readers want to be caught up in romance, in sensuality and seduction. If along the way they indulge in a sultry sex scene, well...I haven't heard any complaints about that!
How Do You Feel About Sex Scenes In Your Romances?
Posted by Nadja Notariani at 1:00 AM