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Post by kwame1977 » 19 Jan 2018, 13:21

Absolutely unnecessary. Such scenes are just waste of time and portrays that the author wants cheap popularity.

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Post by KamalK » 20 Jan 2018, 01:58

I agree with the point that if the scene adds to the plot, then there is not really a problem. But to add such scenes, and that too without any reference or chemistry, doesn't seem right. I have seen in many books where the writers use casual sex in the name of actual romance! But that's not what literature is about, I think.

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Post by AbbyGNelson » 20 Jan 2018, 22:23

kwahu wrote:
08 Jan 2018, 02:28
I think the sex graphics were used to add luster into the plot; but they kind of dissuaded most of the readers.
It must be some reader's taste. In my opinion, if the author adds an element that takes up my time as a reader then it needs to have a purpose. In this case, it doesn't seem at all necessary.

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Post by RebeccasReading » 24 Jan 2018, 11:14

I always find unnecessary explicit scenes so distracting in books and movies. Unless it's classified as a romance novel or it's essential to the plot, those types of scenes just come off as salacious and attention-grabbing. The same is true for gratuitous violence. If it's not realistic and doesn't add to the plot, then what's the point?

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Post by eBookreviewer » 02 Feb 2018, 06:10

There are too many explicit scenes and it is unrealistic.

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Post by ayoomisope » 05 Feb 2018, 18:33

Yolimari wrote:
02 Nov 2017, 16:45
I think the point of the explicit scenes was to develop the theme of polyamory relationships, which oddly enough was mostly discussed in the second half of the book. However, I did think the author over did it. My conclusion was that the book discussed several scientific concepts, and as a result, the author included the over the top erotic part to make the story exciting.
I couldn't agree more with the latter part of your comment. The author surely overdid it in looking for a balance.
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Post by Hephzi Lolami » 06 Feb 2018, 12:30

Some scenes were unnecessary, not even filler chapters. Every scene must be important to the play, maybe just a passing chapter but it should correlate. I do think the explicit scenes were irrelevant in some places.

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Post by P0tt3ry » 08 Feb 2018, 21:14

Most of the sex scenes were gratuitous and added nothing to the story. If a scene, sex or otherwise, doesn't further the story line in some way, than it's just words.

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Post by nfdaniel85 » 11 Feb 2018, 14:09

I really enjoy explicit scenes, but I think they should be carefully placed. I don't like it when we lose storyline to sex or when it's every other page. I agree, it becomes comical. It's why I stopped reading the Anita Blake series (18 books in BTW). I still want story with my sex.

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Post by Samy Lax » 12 Feb 2018, 01:57

If explicit scenes were included in the book to somehow expose vulnerabilities in someone's character, then I think those are well-placed. This doesn't bother readers much generally. But, in this book, I thought many of the so-called intimate scenes could have been eliminated and the book would have been more readily accepted by the readers.
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Post by ashpres12 » 15 Feb 2018, 00:00

CaitlynLynch wrote:
20 Nov 2017, 22:26
I think explicit sex scenes have their place, but generally that place is in erotica novels. This one is being promoted as a science-fiction novel, and frankly I think closed-door sex scenes would be much more tasteful.

This, from an author of romantic erotica, by the way :D
The first thing that comes to mind with science-fiction is not sexual scenes. I mean a few are all right, like you said closed-door instances. I am unsure of what the author was trying to accomplish but it has made the novel unrealistic. #lessonlearned

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Post by cristinaro » 15 Feb 2018, 10:32

The target readers such a book appeals to may choose it especially for these scenes. :)
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Post by ktom » 17 Feb 2018, 18:36

I think more often than not, a good sex scene definitely enhances the plot, but the amount of sex that goes on in this book is totally unnecessary. It´s kind of distracting and not in a good way ha!

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Post by dphelps1113 » 18 Feb 2018, 08:50

I agree with other posts in this form. A good, intimate sex scene adds to the plot and makes the storyline more relatable. It has the power to make or break a book, ultimately.

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Post by Melchi Asuma » 21 Feb 2018, 23:40

I haven't read the book yet. However, I used to think that even though explicit scenes do not add to a novel's storyline, they are extremely necessary to make the book more lively. I don't know about this one though.

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