Friday, 24 April 2015

Do The Survey on Sex in Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Books.

How do you feel about sex? In books, that is! Now this post is not about your personal, intimate relationships—some things should be kept private—but it's primarily to discover what you, the reader, likes and expects in a paranormal romance/urban fantasy novel. 

These days it's hard to find a book in any genre that doesn't include some sort of love scene in the story. It's almost expected. What do they say about sex selling? So, when I first began to write it was something of a dilemma for me. Should I, shouldn't I? How graphic should it be? Eventually I had to make a decision, for not only would strangers be reading my books, but my family - my new adult and adolescent nieces. Considering all this, I came to the conclusion that as long as the love scene was tastefully done, and enhanced the story and the relationship of the characters, I would include it. 

I have two short, graphic sex scenes in each of my books. The first one is usually more explicit than the second. How much I include in my third book is still conjecture. Hopefully, this survey will give me an idea what you—my readers—would like to see. 
So tell me. Do the poll, and have some fun.

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19 comments:

Leiah said...

Answering this in only one way is not appropriate. It depends on the book, the scenarios, whether sex is appropriate in each instance.

Some books need the 'no sex' concept, some need the full on 'hoochie'.

Send it to me. I will read it for you?
Leiah
leiah@soireadthisbooktoday (dot) com

Tima Maria said...

That's the way I see this issue, too, Leiah. My book is available at all online retailers, so if you'd like to read it the links are on my blog - the right hand side. Thanks for you comment :-)

Tima Maria said...

Oops, sorry, that's meant to say, your comment. My typing sucks!

Theresa Derwin said...

Hi, I write horror and UrbanFantasy. I've actually written a story about a possessed vibratory called Bob, and I believe in titialtion. St what needs to be said. Excite, intrigue, but no bodily fluids guys! This is escapism and people want character and plot. Can send you my story 'What About Bob?' If you like. Alternatively would like to see yours (Ooh Mrs!)

Anonymous said...

Like Leiah said it depends on the book. I don't mind sex in a book but as long as it fits with the story and the personalities of the characters.

Tima Maria said...

Yep, it is escapism, Theresa, and these days readers have a vast range to choose from. Lol! Your book sounds like a hoot, but I simply don't have the time for extra reading at the moment. I have a deadline to meet for my next release. Thanks for your comment.

Anna Erishkigal said...

This survey is not all that helpful. Yes, I like explicit sex, but I like it after a long, slow buildup of plot and theme and other drama, the high point of the story just before the hero and heroine do the final showdown with the villain, and not just sex-sex-sex which is what it seems like a lot of paranormal fantasy has become.

I find myself reading science fiction more lately ... or thrillers ... because I like a bit of plot with my sex and it seems PNR has become nothing but sex. :-P

Lalo Lalouziane said...

Although I said non-explicit sex, I agree that the sex scenes should depend on the story. I don't really care for the "erotica" that is really popular these days. I usually skip over those parts of the story since they usually contribute nothing to the story.

Tima Maria said...

I'm sorry you didn't find the survey all that helpful, Anna. I put it out there to get a feel for the market. If I do another one, I'll try to make it more comprehensive. But I do agree with you that a lot of PNR has become sex-laden, even erotic. And, many people enjoy that. But not all paranormal fantasy authors go down that line - I for one, don't. But that's me. I prefer a solid plot and when the sex scene does appear (twice only in each of my books), it displays a turning point in the story.
Thanks for commenting, Anna.

Tima Maria said...

You and me both, Lalo. It reaches saturation point, and you just want to skip it to get to the story. Mind you, I'm not bagging erotica, if that's what readers like. But to each their own.

Alex Taylor said...

This is a question with which I have wrestled considerably in my own writing. So much so, that I wrote a post about it this morning, entitled Vampires, Sex and Romance.

I think Leiah is right in saying that there's no one-size-fits-all answer to the question. I think each and every one of us (both authors and readers) have to make decisions about what sort of content we want to create and consume.

Tima Maria said...

Absolutely, Alex. It all depends on the type of book one writes, and the audience.

Santhana Preethi said...

I've said non-explicit sex. I enjoy sex scenes that feel natural between the characters and have a certain intimacy to it. And It is irritating when there is a sex scene every other chapter or so.

Alex Taylor said...

I'm not a big fan of sex just for the sake of sex. But that really depends on the genre you are reading/writing. If it's erotica, then of course it's supposed to have the big mattress mambo going on at very possible moment.

Tima Maria said...

Thanks for voting Santhana. I'm currently collating the results, and it's interesting how many readers prefer that option.

Marie said...

I read books like THE BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD series and IMMORTALS AFTER DARK series so obviously I enjoy some good sex in my fantasy/romance genre. But I do like a good plot as well and though realistically, some characters might have a romp or two towards the beginning because they are hot for each other, I do like their relationship to become more serious towards the end. Sex early on is not an issue with me but I do eventually want a romance.
As far as how much sex, like I said, if there is actual plot and not just bumping uglies, make it as dirty as you want. Otherwise, it is just erotica.

Tima Maria said...

I'm with you there, Marie. For me, there has to be a story where the sex is a culmination of the growing relationship between the main characters. It has to show their emotional connection and be an integral part of the plot. Otherwise, as you say, it's just erotica.

Anonymous said...

If there's no sex, then I may as well be reading young adult. But I don't mind developing a relationship for five to seven books before I get to the sex. But by God there better be explicit sex when I get there.

Tima Maria said...

Lol! Your comment really made me chuckle. But seriously, I agree. If the author has invested the time building the tension between his/her protagonists - even if it's over several books - there needs be an explosive encounter at the end. Otherwise the reader feels cheated.