30 July 2007

Too Hot or Not Hot Enough?

Getting started late today. Here's a question for all readers and writers out there. How hot do you like your love scenes? What do you not like? With the popularity right now of erotica, have you spiced up your love scenes or not?

7 comments:

Jennifer Linforth said...

I like some things left to my imagination. Spelling out every move, using language that might not fit the time period is not for me. I like sexual tension. I like to feel the H/H moving toward one another and love it when things rip them apart.

Erotica is hot right now and sex definately sells. But I think, done the correct way with built up tension, the small things like a heated kiss or a simple stolen caress can work very well.

This way when the H/H do get together in a sex scene... the reader is cheering for it to go on and on.

Gillian said...

I needs loads of emotional connection and conflict before I can enjoy a drawn-out love scene. Graphic love scenes can have a 'yuck' factor without a heavy emphasis on the romance.

And I just blogged about how well inspirational romances address sexual tension, acknowledging it while letting the emotional conflict take center stage. It's quite a craft.

Jen said...

Depends how its done. If there are frequent or too many descriptions of h/h doing things to each other then I tend to skip over them because too much gets boring. On the other hand, if they're talking and it's relevant plotwise or conflictwise I'll stick with it. I remember reading it differently when I was young (very young, I hasten to add!)because then it was new and almost a quest for knowledge. It wasn't easy to find explicit sex in books on the public library shelves, either! Now you fall over it constantly, and I guess I've just got blase about it.

Camilla Bartley said...

I just care about the characters and then the love scenes. I've read many, many books with "spicy" sensuality ratings that feature 3 or more love scenes that left me bereft because the characters had been sacrificed. I don't read romance for the sex, so I'm not attracted to the concept of the "erotic romance". If I care about the characters, I am happy with one love scene and sometimes having the door closed.

Delia DeLeest said...

I've read a few spicy ones and, I'll have to say, detailed sex scenes just flat out make me uncomfortable. Way TMI. I prefer sweet where they just shut the door and do their thing in private. That's what I have my characters do and they seem to like the privacy :D

Lisa Yarde said...

I was always a little too curious growing up, so at the age of 11 when I found my mother's copy of Bertrice Small's Skye O'Malley, I got more than I expected. Actually, I think I learned more about sex as a pre-teen from that one book than I did from school gossip. Now, I can't stand the blow-by-blow descriptions Small provides. Also, how many times can an English noblewoman get trapped in a harem?

I'm comfortable writing detailed love scenes (though I stumble on "nipple" for some reason) and reading them, if they're tasteful and euphemisms are used for body parts and sexual acts. I prefer sensuality and if the author's done his or her job by building up tension, creating emotional bonds between the characters, it works well to further the story.

PennyAsh said...

Well looks like I'm getting plot over hot from everyone. And sensual over crude (yeah I had a manuscript rejected because I didn't use the cruder words or give enough descriprion of the sex) Thanks for validating what I basically thought already :)