Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Hubba Hubba

Barry Eisler did an interview at Lustbites. I liked his take on sex in fiction.
Unlike Barry, I tend toward 'panning away to the fireplace' myself. But he makes a great point about how and when the sex serves the story.
If what's important is *that* they had sex, by all means fade out and skip the mechanics. But if the *way* they have sex explores character, furthers or resolves conflict and/or advances the story, then we owe it to the reader to stay with the action.

I've never thought about story sex that way, but it's right in line with my own approach to violence in my fiction. Something new to think about...





4 comments:

Kate S said...

Interesting article - thanks for the link. Not sure I was going to make it past the excerpt to the interview for a moment there. ;)

And thanks for the giggle with the covers. Dude, those were great.

Charles Gramlich said...

Yeah, I hadn't thought of sex scenes in that way. Is it important just if they had sex, or how they had sex. Good link.

etain_lavena said...

well we are human...of in fiction aliens or monsters....do what you have to to develop the character....its a tricky subject...hihih...keep safe Steve:)

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