Whenever you get to the nitty gritty love scenes in a book do you ever think you’re reading a porn script? Yes everybody has sex, but as satisfying as that? Each and every time? Are you sure?
I remember a friend of a friend was branded a pervert as a fellow bus passenger had a quick read of the saucy sex scene she was silently indulged in. I can also recall a time in sixth form when friends picked up a book I was reading and looked at me in horror, demanding to know: “What type of books do you read?” Flicking through Eric Jerome Dickey’s Cheaters, they had randomly landed on a page where the lead characters were getting it on. I blushed my way through an explanation that I barely remember, hoping they didn’t think I was a sex crazed maniac. Who knew books could be so dangerous.
The very first time I encountered sex scenes in a book was when, as a bored 12-year-old who had already read all the teenage novels the mobile library had to offer, I decided to read one of my mum’s books, a Jackie Collins story to be exact. At the time I was bewildered that such things were detailed in books but sex scenes have come a long way since then and are raunchier. But are they really necessary?
As adults it’s inevitable that we have sex, the high rise in STDs confirm that (sorry but I’m an advocate for safe sex). Yet I find myself skipping the love making – to put it nicely – where it doesn’t add any value to the storyline, at least not four pages worth of it. And why does almost every story have to feature girl-on-girl action? I’m not homophobic or a prude but I sometimes wonder if certain authors are better off writing erotica where their bedroom scenes will find a happy home.
One of my biggest issues with sex scenes is the lack of realism. When sex is good, it’s good but I’m pretty sure that not one reader of these novels can say that each and every time they get down and dirty they can orgasm a million times and keep going on at it all night. In fact, Braya Spice’s Dear Drama is the only novel I can recall the protagonist having a shit sex life.
If you want us to identify with the characters then why not talk about when Kevin came within the first few minutes of action? Or how Simone’s libido decreased after giving birth? These issues may not be enticing, especially in the urban literature genre, but they are common problems that grown men and women experience in the bedroom. We’re not porn stars, don’t aim to be porn stars, so leave the porn scripts to the professionals. And make sure these men wrap it up!