Wednesday, January 2, 2013

On sex scenes

I just left this comment at Book Dirt: Quotable: Bad Sex Writing, Bad Coffee Table Books, and a Really Bad Amis Bio:

There's a simple reason why most fictional treatments of sex seem wrong in some way: situations rarely change for characters during sex scenes, so most sex scenes exist purely to fill pages in a story. Which means the reader is no longer thinking about what the sex means to the characters and is instead thinking about how it meets the reader's expectations, experiences, or desires.