Booking Through Thursday 15

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)

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

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?


Marianne Arkins said...

Yep. Well said. And, I agree completely!

Mei said...

I thought Catcher in the Rye went too far too.
I think both sex and profanity--when written with the character and/or plot in mind--is fine. I just don't like it when the story is overshadowed by them.

cj said...

Marianne -

I like the way you said it, too. Too much of anything pointless takes away from the story.

Mei -

It certainly does. And I'm with you. When either overshadows the story, they're a bad thing.


pussreboots said...

Catcher in the Rye's use of profanity and sex didn't bother me. Happy BTT.

cj said...

PR -

To be honest, it didn't 'bother' me as in I found it objectionable because it was profanity. There was so much of it that it simply became tedious and annoying. Besides, wasn't it Shakespeare who said something along the lines of "Profanity is the sign of a weak mind"?


Nymeth said...

I'm the same way as you: I'm perfectly fine with those things as long as they actually add to the story instead of just being used to make the book shocking or rebellious or whatever. Unfortunately that seems to happen much too often.

BookGal said...

You could have written my BTT comment. It really is about good writing.

Literary Feline said...

Yes, as you and Bookgal said, it really is a matter of good writing, isn't it?

cj said...

bookgal and LF -

Well, it is for me.

I think that's one of my biggest problems with Laurell K. Hamilton's overabundant use of sex scenes. I don't think they're all that well written and, quite frankly, cross over into the pornographic. It's boring and so unnecessary.


Debi said...

I couldn't agree with you more! I have no problem with profanity or sex or violence as long as it's helping the story along. But just thrown in there without purpose, well, to me that's just bad writing.

cj said...

Debi -

Bad writing, or lazy writing. One's as bad as the other. Give me a decent plot and good characters and I'm happy. No amount of profanity or sex will disguise the absence of either element.