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Got your attention yet? My question revolves around character development and since a lot of the new SF and Fantasy novels seem to have scenes designed to show off their characters humanity by throwing in such scenes is it really needed? Robert Heinlein and E.E. (Doc) Smith almost never resorted to such and I liked their characters so when writing today do I really have to include such things to have a chance at getting published?

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I doubt it, for instance in Hard SF such things tend to be secondary matters, if they get mentioned at all. Admittedly this is some what of a niche market though.

Still, if I were to guess, I'd say it's because Romance is pretty popular in many quarters and thus the publishers figure it will sell easier. This obviously does not make it a requirement though, just something that interests many people.

I'll bet if you put your mind to it, that you can think of some fictional stories that don't or barely use it at all. emoticon
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I find it easier to stay away from that myself but I started to wonder if such things were now "the norm" after reading the last two books I bought...

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Admittedly, I like some romance in stories, but can easily skip nudity and sex.

I'm not sure it is the norm but I definitely see your point. I've often noticed sex scenes that did nothing to further a story - a sure sign of padding added for marketing reasons. (Dare I say "Children of the Earth"?)

I just read an article on "Christian books" somewhere recently where one of the two points of definition was an absence of nudity and sex. The other was furthering the Christian faith, which makes much more sense for such a denomination.

I also think that's one reason why YA lit appeals to many, since it has less violence, and supposedly no sex. Why adults would need violence and sex to enjoy a book, I have no idea. I blame TV. emoticon

Sometimes, I wish we could just have warnings on a book: "Contains gore and/or blatant sex."

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quote:

Firlefanz wrote:

Sometimes, I wish we could just have warnings on a book: "Contains gore and/or blatant sex."



Amen.


I'm of the opinion that romance is fine. Also sex is fine, as long as I don't get a play by play description. Ending at the bedroom door is fine. Robin Hob had an interesting scene in Royal Assassin which discussed the emotions and none of the actions.

Descriptive sex as a literary device, I've found, is not very effective. The readers are generally either disgusted, distracted, or titillated to such a degree that if there were actual plot elements, they are overshadowed, lost or forgotten.

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