Decorum October 4, 2007
Filed under: Wordpress — --Deb @ 1:54 am
Do you have “issues” with too much profanity or overly explicit (ahem) “romantic” scenes in books? Or do you take them in stride? Have issues like these ever caused you to close a book? Or do you go looking for more exactly like them? (grin)
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Interesting question, given two things: one, I'm currently reading Catcher In The Rye, which certainly overdoes the profanity thing and two, I'm a fan of Laurell K. Hamilton, but a waning one due mainly to her overkill on the sex scenes.
So, do I have issues with profanity and explicit sex?
No. Provided the profanity isn't over done - as in every other word out of a character's mouth - and not with the sex either, as long as it's a well written, part of the plot and not just tossed in for the heck of it.
Unfortunately, it's been my experience that sex scenes are rarely well written or an important part of the plot. And profanity seems to be used more for the shock value than anything else. If there's no point to it, why bother?