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View Poll Results: Do you like sex/love scenes in the stories you read?
No nookie for me. I don't want to go there. 36 12.29%
Love scenes are fine if they contribute to characterization and plot. 165 56.31%
I really enjoy sexuality in fiction. 46 15.70%
Some sex is OK but only in small doses. 38 12.97%
Love scenes are why I read! 8 2.73%
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Old 03-31-2011, 03:09 PM   #31
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Eh. It depends on the book, really. Generally, it doesn't bother me.
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:04 PM   #32
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A book like "Pride and Prejudice" without love scenes (love scenes - not graphic sex) would be meaningless.

You must have read a very special edition of this book . I would have thought that "Pride and Prejudice" is the perfect example for telling a nice love story without having sex scenes in it.
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:11 PM   #33
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You must have read a very special edition of this book . I would have thought that "Pride and Prejudice" is the perfect example for telling a nice love story without having sex scenes in it.
You must not have heard of the unrated edition.
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:15 PM   #34
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You must have read a very special edition of this book . I would have thought that "Pride and Prejudice" is the perfect example for telling a nice love story without having sex scenes in it.
This special edition exists (and was free for Kindle a month or so ago, but they're charging for it now).
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:16 PM   #35
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You must not have heard of the unrated edition.

Obviously I haven't.
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:22 PM   #36
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This pretty much sums up my views on the subject

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Old 03-31-2011, 04:25 PM   #37
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Speaking of which - I've not seen a thread here devoted to the more adult themed read. The only author that comes to mind is Harold Robbins (I think). I remember seeing a few of his books next to my Aunt's bed when I was younger - too young to be reading what he wrote , anyway (not that it stopped me from trying).
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:34 PM   #38
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You're right - it 'd be nice to see such one.
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:03 PM   #39
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Harold Robbins wrote some very good books & I loved the sex in them. I still have some of his pb. I wish they were out as ebooks I'd scoop them right up.

All of this tells you were I stand with sex in books. If I want to be bored, I'll read a non fiction book.
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:07 PM   #40
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Harold Robbins wrote some very good books & I loved the sex in them. I still have some of his pb. I wish they were out as ebooks I'd scoop them right up.

All of this tells you were I stand with sex in books. If I want to be bored, I'll read a non fiction book.
They are available as e-books...for the Kindle anyway. Kindle Editions
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Speaking of which - I've not seen a thread here devoted to the more adult themed read. The only author that comes to mind is Harold Robbins (I think). I remember seeing a few of his books next to my Aunt's bed when I was younger - too young to be reading what he wrote , anyway (not that it stopped me from trying).
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Harold Robbins wrote some very good books & I loved the sex in them. I still have some of his pb. I wish they were out as ebooks I'd scoop them right up.

All of this tells you were I stand with sex in books. If I want to be bored, I'll read a non fiction book.


I went ahead and created a "Adult Themed Books" thread.
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:18 PM   #42
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Depends on the genre for me.

If I pick up a science fiction romance, and it's obvious from the book blurb there are going to be two characters falling in love, then I know what I'm getting myself into, and it's fine. Everything is set up for the story to go there, if ya know what I mean.

If I'm picking up a science fiction adventure and I'm caught off guard because the author didn't set up a romance, or it's a very minor part of the plot, then I'm probably going to be annoyed the story went into graphic details.

Also, the more familiar I am with the characters (i.e. if it's a series and I've known them a while), the less I want to read about their bedroom relations.
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:21 PM   #43
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When they work - I thoroughly enjoy them - when they don't I can't stand them.

The same holds for fight scenes, action scenes, talk scenes, and any other scenes.
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:11 PM   #44
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I find that they can be rather appealing. If it is part of the story, it can flesh out the characters, so to speak and make the book more real. Just keep it to the point.
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I find that they can be rather appealing. If it is part of the story, it can flesh out the characters, so to speak and make the book more real. Just keep it to the point.
The Gaea series by John Varley is kind of like that... It's a SF trilogy (maybe some would call it space opera) and there are just a few sex scenes but all serve the plot in getting to know the characters, and are mostly non-graphic except for some interesting insinuations which set you thinking. For example there's a scene with the main character (a women) and a male shipmate in a spaceship in space and the writer mentions they're in zero-G (which gets you thinking about how it would be in zero-G). Than there's a scene with a male character and a female centaur (sentient centaur to be clear, with 2 female organs and 1 male organ) and the writer says the male character wasn't gay but... (which gets you thinking how exactly a strait guy has sex with a female centaur with 2 female organs and 1 male).
Then there's a lesbian scene between the main character and a female friend of hers in a kind of organic cave, basically a hole in the wall tissue of the living world they're in... There's also a mention of a non-character nympho girl who cums when you touch her forehead (she's genetically engineered) although it's not directly stated with that word (it would be interesting if women like that existed in reality , maybe even to be like that) and some lesbo-incest sex between a couple of minor-character twins in the beginning.
It may sound from this description like there's a lot of sex in this book but it's really only a passing mention and not central to the main plots. It's like this - people need to breathe, eat, drink, have sex and do other things - even if they're characters in a book you happen to be reading, and just bypassing all that just makes it less realistic.
Plus SF sex can really give you some weird ideas. Like in Miles Vorkosigan there's mention of sex between a human and a humanoid girl with 4 arms and no legs (the arms being in place of legs), and also I think Miles does it with a female werewolf (kind of, genetically engineered). I only really regretted he never got it on with his childhood sweetheart (they almost did it once but were interrupted, and I felt almost as frustrated as him ).

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Thinking about lesbo twins and one-touch-cum-nympho girls has gotten me kind of hot and flustered, especially with the lascive, lurid and kinky statements made above by the German babe...
Now I'm like

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