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Which gender writes the best sex fiction?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Duke of York, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    The shortlist for this year's Bad Sex in Fiction Award has been published and it seems it's full of male authors. https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-...-frey-katerina-shortlist-winner-a8664786.html

    This doesn't mean of course, that a shortlist for the best sex in fiction, wouldn't also be full of male authors.

    In addition to the question posed in the thread title, do you enjoy reading novels that have graphic sexual content, or would you prefer novels that omit it completely?

    From a personal perspective, there's nothing I'm prudish about, but I'd prefer the author spent more trouble in being inventive with the plot. Engage the author with sexual activity, if it's relevant to development of the plot and of the characters, but I really don't need to read the messy details of it.

    In Martin Amis' Money, the main character describes the relationship with his girlfriend and alludes to how she uses sex to exploit him, but leaves what goes on behind closed doors up to the reader's imagination. I consider it makes much better reading that way.
  2. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Blower if I could find any sex in Simon Singh's book "Big Bang."

    Seemed to be all about science.
  3. Geoff Thomas

    Geoff Thomas Star commenter

    I'd never really thought about it before, but to use "Big Bang" to mean the act of creation is really apt.
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  4. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Over egging it a bit aren't you?

    Exhausted Ennui... feels like it's more suitable.
  5. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    I read some "erotica", mostly by female authors e.g Jane Eyre laid bare, and a couple I can't remember that were pretty terrible.
  6. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    I had to do D H Lawrence's "Sons and Lovers" for GCE 'O'-Level English Lit.

    It bored me out of my skull.

    Then the English teacher took the whole class out to see the just-released Ken Russell film "Women in Love".

    That bored me too, although I do recall she got very excited during the Oliver Reed and Alan Bates wrestling scene!!
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  7. irs1054

    irs1054 Star commenter

    It's basic story telling. You can have some narrative that is incredibly erotic whilst not being particularly graphic whilst other very graphic narratives are as boring as get out.
  8. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    Laura felt his hot breath on her neck as he ripped the thin silk from her --- [this content has been removed by the moderators as it is too stimulating for the likes of you lot!]

    With apologies to Peter Sellers.
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