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From a review of Elizabeth Hoyt's Wicked Intentions over on Dear Author:

"Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’ve been reading romances for too long. But I feel like sex has completely taken over character development. I mean, I like sex scenes, but if I wanted to read an erotica I would. What the hell happened to conversation? Tension? Building the longing? Where’s the freakin’ longing? This isn’t just a singular problem limited to this book or this author, but one that seems to have invaded every corner of Romancelandia. Character development is hard, but often the differences and similarities between the lovers are revealed in their interactions with each other. While those interactions can be sex, I find that without enough conversation and dialogue to balance that out, I don’t fully believe that they are in love. Does that make sense?"

Glory hallelujah. Someone just said what I've been thinking for years.
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There's this great post over at Smart Bitches where they discuss the "insta-fuck" and its growing popularity in romance, and then ask their readers whether they like this plot device or whether it's something that turns them off. People weighed in pro and con, but it seemed as if the majority actually viewed it as a turnoff.

This leads me to wonder whence comes all this push to have the hero and heroine jump in the sack before they even know each other's names. Does it come from the editors? The agents? The writers themselves? Because it doesn't seem as if most of the readers who visit SBTB really enjoy it all that much. That's not to say that they don't enjoy a well-written, steamy sex scene. They would just prefer those scenes to come after they've had a chance to get to know the couple involved, enjoy the buildup of romantic tension, and wonder whether the hero and heroine are actually going to get it together or not. I think the commenter "Sandra" put it very well: "I am sick and tired of porn being marketed as romance.  I don’t object to porn when its marketed as such.  But ‘romance’ is supposed to be about relationships."

I don't think anyone will call me a prude. I have been known to write a sex scene or two myself. But I agree that this rush to have people hop into bed in romance novels is interfering with the one thing I like about reading (and writing) romance -- the slow burn, the increasing sexual tension between two interesting people. If they're already in bed by page 10, I'm disinclined to care too much about where it goes from there. Or maybe I'm just feeling defensive because I do tend to write the old-fashioned sort of romance -- you know, the one where they don't have sex until the end, or at the very least until more than halfway through the story.

Your mileage may vary, of course.


Feb. 1st, 2008 09:33 am
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Should I feel offended or amused when someone complains about a sex scene coming "too early" in the story when it's about 90,000 words/300 pages in?

The world is a lol-worthy place, my friends.


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