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Post by Momiji1987 »

Unless it's a romance novel where you can expect a degree of raciness, I'd rather not be surprised while I'm out in public and feel embarrassed and judged at the words I suddenly see on the page. If it's bad enough, I'll skip over it of my own accord.
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CatInTheHat wrote:Sometimes love scenes enhance a story, sometimes they don't. I don't think it was necessary to this particular story line, the implication was sufficient.
Well said. I agree. I think it also depends on the person!
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Post by raeryn »

I think it depends on the book. Some book atmospheres just fit more "detailed" scenes more (and characters), but others it's better just not to be descriptive. Personally, I enjoy the scenes that are just more personal rather than sexy because then it feel lisk there is actual character meaning.
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Post by mumoscar »

I won't call it bad or hash because to me it depends with audience the author addresses. However, to me it would be too much.
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Post by hebcandle »

I'm not a fan of the erotica/romance genre, so I don't care that much for racy descriptive scenes. But I can understand their importance to the story of some books in those genres. If I'm reading a sci-fi fiction, I would find a very graphic scene a little out of place and rather have "you know they did, but we're not to write it out for you" moment. :wink:
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As someone who has read a lot of "clean" and not so "clean" romance, I have to say that it really depends on the story. Sometimes I really appreciate a racy scene because I feel like I am experiencing the story without any censorship. It also makes the story seem more realistic. Sex happens, and the kind of sex couples engage in can tell a lot about their relationship. If the sex scene is relevant to the story and enhances the reader's understanding of a relationship, then why not?
Otherwise, I think it is the reader's job to choose whether or not they want to read books that could include sexually descriptive language.
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Post by Londera »

It depends on the genre. I feel like in a mystery, suspense or action novel they really are unnecessary. They are more suited for contemporary,romance and maybe historical fiction. Most of the time they are very annoying and cheesy.
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Post by RegularGuy3 »

Leave out the details. I usually feel embarrassed for the author when it goes beyond the basics.
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Post by Mindi »

The story and characters have to really intrigue me in order for me to accept a little bit of descriptiveness in the love scenes. If it's just pure errotic behavior without much depth to the romance, I'm not impressed.
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Post by eelavahs-jay »

I don't particularly mind "love scenes" but in novels where romance is but a subgenre, I think they feel out of place. Some things are better left to readers' imagination as well. Corny scenes make me cringe.
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Leave out the details! Ahaha
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Post by JadeK »

That I think depends on the book and the author. If they have a great writing style than it can really add a fantastic element to the story. If the book is set up to have those types of scenes in them and is done well it can make you feel as the reader that you are getting an even closer perspective of the characters. For some people it can make them uncomfortable but in that case I think they should be reading other books. I have also read books that keep the love scenes very soft and mild and still enjoyed the book tremendously. So, I think it comes down to the book itself and the writing abilities and style of the author.
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Post by Arslan7890 »

It depends on the choice for the level of excitement, that you are giving to reader, however limitations must be kept in mind , for high pace excitement pictures could be added
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Post by Mjgarrison »

I enjoy a little romance, but I don't like when it goes to far. I feel a sex scene in a book is the same as a sex scene in a movie and they should have ratings like movies do.
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Post by Zohaib imtiaz »

if a hot and steamy novel is being referred to here, then yes there should be racy scenes
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