Thursday, October 04, 2007

Booking it... I Swear!

Nothing risqué, nothing gained. ~Alexander Woollcott

Time to Book it Through Thursday:

Do you have “issues” with too much profanity or overly explicit (ahem) “romantic” scenes in books? Or do you take them in stride? Have issues like these ever caused you to close a book? Or do you go looking for more exactly like them? (grin)

Too much? Well, yeah, I have a problem with that. I remember, many, many, many moons ago, I went to see "Eddie Murphy: Raw" at the theater. I loved Eddie Murphy, and he was just off his "Beverly Hills Copy" success.

I walked out of the theater -- because, though there were funny moments, mostly it was him cussing. I don't have uber-delicate eardrums, and have been known to curse occasionally myself (though, if I am THAT angry, you'd better run and hide), but I don't appreciate profanity as punctuation.

About the (ahem) "romantic scenes"... To be honest, they get a little boring after awhile and I skip them. One of the few authors whose "romantic scenes" I'll read through is Nora Roberts because -- (A) She knows how to build up some amazing sexual tension (her characters don't just leap into bed on the first page) so by the time they finally do have a "romantic scene" you're as ready for it as they are, and (B) Her scenes are written emotionally more than physically. Yes, you know what is going on, but she doesn't walk you through everything (he put his hand here, she put her leg there, insert tab A into slot B).

There is one author, who I will not name because if you can't say something nice... but I've stopped reading her work. She was one of the few historical authors I really enjoyed, and I picked up her books with great excitement. Until the last three or four... because they somehow became all about how to get your H/H to have a "romantic scene" in as many strange places as possible. Her books ended up being 2/3 "romantic scenes" and the plot suffered for it.

OTOH, I don't read a lot of "sweet" books because I often wonder if the H/H feel anything for each other. In my experience, even the sweetest, most moral folks at least kissed each other before they got married... and sometimes, I'm willing to bet, those kisses got a little ... hot.

Hmmm.... I had a lot to say. I'll stop now. Because, I'm afraid I could go on. And on. And On. *G*

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You Are Chardonnay

Fresh, spirited, and classic - you have many facets to your personality.
You can be sweet and light. Or deep and complex.
You have a little bit of something to offer everyone... no wonder you're so popular.
Approachable and never smug, you are easy to get to know (and love!).

Deep down you are: Dependable and modest

Your partying style: Understated and polite

Your company is enjoyed best with: Cold or wild meat

Ooh... my favorite kind of wine. Yay!

And, I'm deep and complex. And popular (HA!) and ... ((blushes))... it says so many nice things. Wow.


Alice Teh said...

Oh my, I love Nora Roberts and mentioned her in my reply too! Happy BTT!

Chris said...

I'm not big on the so sweet it makes your teeth hurt either.

Jen said...

I'm with Chris on this one, too. ;-)

heather (errantdreams) said...

I like your answer. :)

anno said...

I always blip over action scenes -- all kinds.

I'm sauvignon blanc, not a wine I'm especially fond of, but I liked hearing that I'm "Engaging and energetic, you have a lot to offer the world - most of it they've never seen anywhere else!"

You are definitely deep and complex; definitely popular!

gautami tripathy said...

I like Brenda Joyce too. She knows what she is doing!

DeN said...

I LOVE NORA ROBERTS!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE NORA ROBERTS! ^_^ I also love what you said that 'by the time they finally do have a "romantic scene" you're as ready for it as they are'. I totally agree!

bookinhand said...

You are right about some romance writers... they have changed their styles and go a bit overboard with their newer books. I do like the author to leave a little to my imagination too.

And, yes, Nora Roberts is a favorite of mine as well!


cj said...

You've summed it up better than I did, I think.

Well done and part of the plot are always important when it comes to sex scenes.

Profanity? Too much gets tedious and annoying.


Jaimie said...

You hit it right on the head with the either too sweet or too smutty issue. I'm taking my life in my hands when I say this but some of the new Christian "romance" is just too sexless to be believable. It is not even what I would consider clean, as in sex hinted at but not explicitly described. To me it resembles a Precious Moments rated G relationship where a normal, healthy marriage (and some courtships) are rated X.
Balance in reality and written description is an individual issue and an interesting one.

Melissa said...

I don't like sex scenes that have no emotion. That's what makes me read them or just skim until it's over. But I do think you don't have to show the characters having sex for in book for it to still have sexual tension.

I can't stand anything where they are dropping F-bombs right and left. That's just too much for me.

Brandy said...

I have a feeling I'm about to get BOO'ed. I don't like the erotica books because they never really give the H/h a 'relationship' before they are jumping into bef together and the language is very graphic.
I also don't like it when certain curse words are used in books, but usually give the author the benefit of the doubt, unless is is never-ending. Then I have a tendency to stop reading the book.

I can't take your quiz! Well, I could, but I am allergic to alcohol so it would be weird. *g*

Have a wonderful day!

Dru said...

I love Nora Roberts as well. Romantic or sex scenes are fine as long as they are written tastefully. I don't like erotica where every step and action is spelled out and there's no love involved.

As a non-drinker, I'm a Chardonnay.

I hope you had a good Thursday.

Melody said...

I'm with you, Marianne!

I too enjoy reading Nora Roberts' books; it's no wonder her books are always topsellers! :)

Julia said...

Sorry to post this late ---

I'm a huge fan of Nora Roberts, so I do agree with you in how she can write the romance scenes in bedroom. And I like it more better if the h/h to get to know each other and than the romance build up first before they jump each other, too.