Wednesday, September 22, 2010


2 Cor. 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Those three letters, S-E-X, garner a click. Why is this society today so awestruck by the word sex?

I do not read books for the sex factor. Whenever I come across a sex scene, I skip right over it, or put the book down. I read for story, character and plot. I write for these same reasons.

I don’t read romance novels, never have, never will. I’ve stood at the book shelf in the library and read a few words from one and immediately got turned off because erotica is not my cup of tea. I know these books are successful and women love to dive into the romantic thriller to grab hold of the imaginative magnet that will transport them to some fantasy field where they can let go of their reality.

We women crave romance on many levels and reading romance carries you to that place that releases you from your inhibitions here in reality, and slides you into a portal of imaginative sextasy. Yeah that’s my word for it.

I think if you’re a good writer, you can pull off a romantic interlude without ever going that extra route and letting the reader have to read how much juice was spilled in the tryst. I mean really. He can take her in his arms, feel the sweat drizzle down her body, pant like two animals but c-u-t. Leave something to the imagination. Don’t take your reader, tongue-lock for neck-lick down the path to a climactic release.

In all my years, I’ve only come across this type of writing maybe five times. I won’t give the author or book because if I know you, you’d run out and read the book and say, oh it wasn’t that bad. No it wasn’t. You’re right! BUT was that scene necessary in the story plot? Was it an essential turning point for the characters? No! It was a sex scene with all its bells and whistles, that made me not like the book or ever really care to read it again.

To each his own, I always say, and to me, a sextasy scene can ruin a book. If you’re a writer, then know your reader and respect their limits. Don’t feed them steak when all they really wanted from you was a meatloaf and some mashed potatoes. If I want steak, I’ll read a romance novel. If I want the crème brûlée, I’ll go to the x-rated magazines for my jollies. I know my limits!

Because I am a Christian, I mind the Laws of the Lord. And He knows what goes in, has a lasting impression on the mind.

Romans 8:5 says: For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Romans 12:2  says: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

He does care what we read and what we write. Don’t put your carnal spin on God’s words.


Ro said...

Oh man, some of the exersises when I did F2K, holy cow. It was soooo uncomfortable. How do you critique that? Yuck haha! Then there were some that did it great, I mean, great. Scenes where the author alluded to it but never typed it. Where you knew what was gonna happen but it was tasteful and exhilerating all at the same time. Those folks got a bravo from me. The others? I don't even remember what I wrote in response. ;)

joni said...

That's why their 'supposed' to put a warning on the post, so people can skip it, if they want.

In my room I passed all those up.

We're starting a new session on October 6 th *lure* *hint*

There is going to be some changes, and good ones at that! :) Not telling, you'll just have to wait until I blog about it. lol

M. SUE said...

Amen! I couldn't have said it better myself! When I see some of that stuff start, I am embarrassed for the author! There was an autobiography I thought would be a great read...WRONG! At first it was distasteful so I read with the thought it surely would get better; instead it grew worse. While I thought I had wanted to know the woman's story, I grew sad for her self-destruction, as I had to put the worsening book down.

joni said...

That's true Sue,
We have to feel sorry for the author of such work. I mean, can money really override dignity in a matter like this?
I'd rather keep my dignity and self respect and know when people read my work, they'll walk away feeling good about me as an author, and a little better about themselves too. :)