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This is somewhat more of a broad topic, in that there are many questions that I ask myself. Even in stories about love and romance, are sex scenes needed to flesh out the characters and/or advance the plot? Does sex undermine the story? At which point does the sex scenes turn the story into eroticism/pornography? Do the ages of the characters matter? Should authors be offended if fans and readers skip the sex scenes?
Let me begin by saying I am far from a prude...I have a Pornhub account like many red-blooded Americans, and when I feel like being titillated, I check out "slash" fanfics on various story sites. However, (and this is just me personally), when I read a story for the plot, I usually skip through the sex scenes, or at the very least skim though them very fast. This is less of an issue with movies, because, despite what the MPAA would have you believe, there are actually very few non-"porn" movies with GRAPHIC ~real~ sex scenes in them (Caligula, Nymphomaniac, A Serbian Film, Short Bus, Salo, Crusing, Kids, are really the only ones that come to mind right now..I'm not talking about 3 second simulated fake sex scenes in say, the Friday the 13th movies). This may sound a bit weird, but the more I read a favorite story series, and the more I grow to really like and care about the characters, the less I want to read about them in graphic sex scenes. In the same way, I personally do not write sex within my stories. It's almost as if I do not want to see my characters in that way. It's not their age, because I tend to write a bit older, around 17 to 22-ish. It also has to do with the fact that I'd rather imply than show. (Kind of akin to horror in which what you don't see, is infinitely more scary than all the blood and gore that can be thrown at you.) In my HOMETOWN series, of course I know Donnie and Andrew had tons of kinky, fetish-filled sex in the brief 9 months that they were together. Donnie has a dominating alpha personality and Andrew was punk rock all the way. However, I do not want to write those scenes out. First, because I don't want to see my characters like that, and second I truly believe that the reader can imagine those scenes far better and steamier than I can write them. I guess I am wondering is, where is the line between art and pornography? I love both within their own realms, but I often wonder where one begins and the other ends. You can have a straight up hardcore porn scene with zero plot. You can have a plot/set-up for hardcore porn (The "cable guy" coming to the bored housewife's home), sometimes the plot goes a bit deeper (If any of you are familiar with Twinklight, a gay parody of the Twilight series, and further towards the art category, you have a movie like Caligula, with graphic real sex in it, yet it's a high budget "porn"/"real" movie staring Malcolm McDowell and Peter O'Toole!
For my fellow writers out there: I am curious from both vantage points. Those of you who do not write erotic scenes within your stories, why not? For the same reasons I listed above, or do you have your own reasons for not including them? For those that do include sex peppered throughout your stories....again, why? Does it make your characters romantic interludes more realistic? Does it help advance your plot in some way? Are you trying to steam-up the story and titillate your readers? There's absolutely nothing wrong with any of this, by the way. We all have our writing styles and our reasons for including or omitting sex scenes within our tales. Every single reason is valid! Our stories are very personal to us.
For me, I just do not prefer my genres mixed, I suppose. Kind of like I don't much care for horror/comedy. Also, As stated, when reading or watching a romantic coming-of-age story, I like to leave it to my imagination. Just like I prefer an absence of gore in horror when I want to truly be frightened/horrified. The imagination can do so much more! Think of a movie like Texas Chainsaw Massacre. (The original 1974 one.) To this DAY, fans swear it was the goriest movie they ever saw. The truth is though, there is hardly even any blood in it! Toby Hooper filmed it in such a way that the mind actually puts the graphic scenes in there. The atmosphere, the camera angels, the implication, the EXTREMELY disturbing set, the bat-shit insane characters, the way it's almost shot like a snuff-film documentary. So...when viewers think back to that movie, they thought it was a lot gorier than it really was! I feel the same way about sex in romance stories. That said, when I want to be turned on, I will watch or read porn of course. When I am in the mood for blood and gore, sure, I will turn on a movie like Susperia, Cannibal Holocaust, or Tokyo Gore Police. I love gore (in movies!), but it's not SCARY. I love graphic descriptive sex, but it's not ROMANTIC in and of itself.
To finalize, I guess what I am saying is...when it comes to graphic sex in what I watch or read, it depends on my mood. When I am caught up in a sci-fi plot in a story, I'm usually not in the mood to be turned-in. That's not to say that there have not been times where I read a sex scene or two that was absolutely vital to advance the story in some meaningful way. However, if a sex scene comes out of nowhere and goes on for multiple paragraphs, I do tend to skip those. (MOST of the time. I'm still human after all!)
Two of the people she works with were tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. :(
So now my aunt is under quarantine, and she got tested, but won't find out the results until next week. It takes a week or two to show any symptoms, so we're all keeping our fingers crossed. I just found out about this, like, ten minutes ago, so...
Please, God...let her be ok. Please?
This whole thing is so fucking frustrating to me!!!
My little cousins can't stay with their grandmother while she's under quarantine now, so I'll be babysitting tomorrow and Sunday. Just...everybody I love is in danger, and I can't do anything to stop it. I just feel helpless, you know? :(
...You can't say that it's not the BEST song about cow farts that you've ever heard! LOL! I dare you to name a better one!
The creepy thing, though...is it's made by Burger King. And they're talking about a 'solution'. Ummmm...and we all know what Burger King's 'solution' is when it comes to cows. So yeah...farting, belching, cows, and kids, and country music...made by a franchise that slaughters cows and feeds it to the kids. ::Shrugs:: Ok.
My mom and I are getting some awesome take out from a great Mexican restaurant about twenty minutes away from here tonight. And we're gonna watch a movie or two and spend some quality time together. Should be fun. :)
Just relaxing and enjoying life for a bit. Feels good. Plus I've got some apple turnovers in the freezers right now! Oooh, and some vanilla ice cream! I just remembered that!
I'm gonna have that for desert! YES!!! Life is awesome! XD
A quick note to let you guys know that a brand new issue of Imagine Magazine went up tonight! New chapters and stories from your favorite new authors are available! More articles! More cute boys! More community questions! It's all waiting for you at Imagine Magazine!
Enjoy! And be sure to hit that 'like' vote button at the bottom of every article and story to show some love to everybody who cae out and worked hard to help us make another successful issue! Thanks to all of you! I love you! MWAH!!!
Our 3M this week will leave you with a flurry of 'feel good' vibes for days to come!
SUCH an enjoyable movie! And a pleasant surprise on top of it! I really am glad that I didn't let this one pass me by!
The story takes place back in 1985, in a town outside of Dublin, Ireland. Conor is a teen boy who is switching schools due to money troubles at home, where he lives with his older brother and constantly bickering parents! And going to a new school can be rough on any kid in a new place. Isolation, bullies, unfair teachers, no friends...but it's the charms of a girl that makes it all worth while.
Taking a chance, he approaches her for the first time, and ends up convincing her that he needs a model to be in a music video for his new band. There's just one problem...ummm...WHAT band? Hehehe! Well, he'd better make some friends and put one together pretty fast if he wants to make this work. Gathering up some other boys from his school and neighborhood, they begin working towards making the best band that they can...all while wooing the girl of his dreams.
This movie has a little bit of everything. Some drama, some comedy, some coming-of-age warm fuzzies, some heartbreak, some 80's nostalgia, and an amazing soundtrack! And the big brother is awesome in this too! Everybody is! So check it out! It'll make you smile! Enjoy!
Almost done with the newest "Daydreams & Lullabyes" collection! An anthology of short stories, some of them sweet and innocent...hehehe, some of them with a bit more naughtiness involved! But all meant to capture that nostalgic time in our lives, growing into our sexuality and figuring things out for the very first time!
It'll be ready for release in August! So be sure to grab yourselves a copy of Volume Three when it gets released! :)