You’ve probably just hopped over from the fabulous Stephany Tullis, so welcome to this week’s blog hop!
Do you like to read? Would you like to know more about your favourite authors? Well, you have come to the right place! If you join the MMB Open Book Blog Hop each Wednesday, we will tell all. Every week we will answer questions, and after you have enjoyed the blog on this site we will direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.
Here are this week’s questions:
1. How do like your sex scenes, whether it’s writing them or reading them?
In my humble opinion, less is more. Sex is everywhere; on TV, in newspapers and magazines, and we cannot get away from it. However, I wonder if the average reader, especially if they are female and are not addicted to porn or looking for a sexual thrill, really wants to read about every single grunt and thrust? As far as I’m concerned sex is a private act that should stay private, and also I say what’s wrong with using your imagination? It’s more powerful than any words can convey! I find that if a novel contains too many graphic sex scenes then it’s a complete turn-off for me. I find it boring and repetitive; one of those ‘oh no here we go again’ moments. I prefer to get lost in A GOOD PLOT, rather than keep yawning as someone’s underpants come down yet again. I want to know what he’s thinking rather than what he’s doing. In fact it’s got to the stage with me where I actually skip over the grunting and thrusting to get back to THE PLOT.
When I write sex scenes I lead the reader into the bedroom or wherever the deed is to be done, where they will have a very good idea of what’s going on, but I’ll leave a good deal to their imagination. It’s better that way!
But then again I think a lot of it also depends on the age and gender of the reader. Some people of course are going to want a book to contain lots of sex scenes so there is a market for it, but at my age I prefer to read something that makes me think.
2. Do you like to see every last detail? Many scenes? A glimpse into them? More about the characters feelings than the actual act? Medical terms used for parts? I’d love to know what everyone enjoys more.
As in question number one, no I don’t want to read about every last detail. I don’t want sex scene after sex scene, and I don’t really care how big the protagonist’s penis is or where he puts it! What’s more important for me is his feelings, what makes him the way he is, and most importantly, A GOOD PLOT.
I use the correct anatomical names when I write. I find slang terms juvenile and unfortunately they can also sound somewhat vulgar.
3. What was the last book you read that stayed with you long after you read “The End”?
I wish I could give a long, long list, but I can’t. I remember enjoying The Magpies by Mark Edwards, but my favourite book that I can read over and over again is The Go-Between by L.P Hartley. A wonderful book with A GOOD PLOT and only one small sex scene right at the end! L.P, I take my basque off to you – you obviously felt the same way as I do!
Author Ju Ephraime has taken up the challenge to answer these questions too, so hop on over and see how she answered: