… but only if written badly.
What’s my point, you ask?
Well … I’m all for a bit of rough and tumble beneath the sheets.
Even reading about a bout of five finger shuffling bothers me not in the slightest.
But if you’re gonna write a sex scene, for goodness sake do a decent job.
I’ve read books that have been full of unnecessary sex, and I’ve read books that have the occasional character developing sex scene.
It doesn’t matter to me which you’re going for. I don’t even care if it’s a totally ridiculous time to be having sex, in a completely irresponsible venue … so long as it’s written well.
Just as I couldn’t give two hoots how long you make the scene (each story/character has a fitting length, I guess—which sounds like a pun).
I’ve read scenes that have been pages long (and some have sucked big time—damn, more pun sounding comments), just as I’ve read some that have been a single paragraph long and have had just the right flavour to stir something within Mrs B (that would be me).
Whatever the length, whatever the genre, whatever the validity of the scene’s right to be in the story … PLEEEEEASE write it well.
If you can’t?
Well, then, I’m sorry to say you might be better leaving it out altogether.
Because nothing puts my back up more than a crappily written sex scene.
If it is in an unlikely genre, then I’ll skim over it … but the rest of the story damned well better be full of juicy goodness if you expect forgiveness.
If it’s in a genre where I’d expect to find intimacy (because, yes, I read a lot of romance), and your sex scene is RUBBISH, then you may have just lost yourself a reader … because in a work where romance and the romantic development between characters is a prominent part of the plot, the intimate scenes are as important as every other word you’ll write throughout—some may argue they’re MORE important—and I expect them to be as heart-warmingly, body-tinglingly, and sigh-inducingly amazing as possible. No arguments! Just how it’s gotta be!
Writing believable, relatable sex scenes is HARD! (no pun intended). That’s why a chapter devoted to a shift in my characters’ relationship can take me a few days and leave me somewhat exhausted (how these erotic writers do it as a constant is a mystery to me ::bowsdowntothemall::).
On the occasion I’ve struggled with a scene (because I’ve written from a male POV), I’ve sought help to ensure I get it right.
Researching the intimate scenes should be as important to you as researching which brand of guns holds 9mm ammunition (for example)—and no, that doesn’t mean you have to duck off to the nearest woods to see how much gravity it takes to drag your ass out of the tree during upside-down sex whilst hanging from a branch … but you do have to pay attention to the order of events and you DO have to sweat the little things. These scenes deserve as much attention to detail as everything else you thought was worth getting right in your story.
If you don’t think it warrants that amount of TLC? Then why the heck put it in there in the first place? It’s obviously not that important a scene, right?
Make EVERY scene count—whatever the content. That is all.
How about you? You get peeved over badly written or un-attention-deserving sex scenes? Thoughts please.