So "Fifty Shades of Grey" is being made into a movie.
And we're getting Facebook ads for other "Adult Romances".
The hell with that. I'm a reader as well as a writer, and I'm not going there.
As far as I'm concerned, sex is a private matter. For real people, and for characters in books and movies. Houses have walls and doors and drapes for a reason.
Beyond that, sex in fiction is entirely unnecessary. Period. Full stop. The author has control over what the characters are doing, and placing them in visible physical intimacy is simply designed to titillate. And it works.
And beyond that, sex can't realistically be portrayed, because it's a very individual experience for each couple. Most attempts to represent physical intimacy glamorize the act, setting up unrealistic expectations in people who are old enough to know better.
Or they cheapen it, making the reader feel as if a bath in methyl-ethyl-ketone would be appropriate after reading.
Yes, I know that 'arty' types will say that I'm a prudish reactionary. Yeah? So what? My wife says I'm one of the finest minds of the seventeenth century.
And other arty types will say that authors have to break barriers, push the envelope. Sure...uh, but why? What literary purpose is gained by disguised pornography?
Sure, I've read the Song of Solomon. And, frankly, parts of it are kind of embarrassing. Anyone else out there willing to admit that?
I don't think that God made a mistake when He invented sex. But I think we really messed up when we decided to put it on display.