Fear not, this is not a blog about the 50 Shades trilogy, primarily because I haven’t actually read it but also because it’s probably been talked to death by now. No, I wanted to talk about reading and writing sex scenes. How far do you go?
When I’m not writing, more often than not, I’m reading. A lot of what I read involves some sort of relationship between adults and, therefore, the expected sex scene comes up. How sex scenes are dealt with varies immensely and it made me wonder where the barriers are for the reader and the writer.
At a recent meeting with an editor, I was asked about the heat level of my work in progress. Well, to be honest, I didn’t know where it came on the ‘heat’ scale. Was it a ‘sweet’ romance? I was asked. Did the bedroom door close and the rest left to the reader’s imagination? Errm, no was my answer but I still wasn’t quite sure where to place it. Did the editor have a Heat Scale I could look at and work out roughly where mine came? Sadly not, so I thought I’d devise one myself for future reference. (see below)
Anyway, all this made me ask myself a few questions…
Is a sex scene always necessary?
How much detail do you need to go into?
Is it best to leave something to the imagination or are consumers more accepting and/or wanting to go further into the bedroom?
What do you think? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.