May 4, 2009

What do you think about smut?

Some writers have problem writing smut. Some writers like myself love writing smut. Some writers find it hard to write smut. Some writers feel hot and flustered after writing smut.

Some readers love reading smut. Some readers censure smut in fiction. I do not see the great fuss about it. Write it if you love it. Read it if you want it.

What do you think about it?

9 comments:

  1. I enjoy urban fantasy, and many urban fantasy books now include fairly explicity steamy scenes. I usually skip them. I may like the story, and I may enjoy a relationship between characters, but I don't much enjoy detailed steamy scenes - I like it to be hinted at . . . just my opinion.

    Jennifer Taggart
    www.thesmartmama.com

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  2. In a weird moment of synchronicity, there's a heated discussion about this very topic at a blog that hosted my alter ego's editor who called her erotic romance line "feminist smut" and a lot of romance readers were sputtering with anger about it.

    I like to reclaim women's sexuality as something we have no need to disdain. Calling it smut is a good way to acknowledge the derision often aimed at our work and make clear we have no problem with it.

    We live in a Puritanical country that nonetheless has no problem with marketing women's (and increasingly, men's) bodies as sexual titillation. Always the promise of sex, but never the reality. Men are supposed to be having it all the time to prove they're men, but women aren't supposed to have it outside of marriage. Just who are those men supposed to be having sex with? LOL.

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  3. I write about erotic romance in exotic places--including Japan. What I like so much about the Japanese culture is that they believe we have two souls--one that is spiritual, uplifting, goes to work every day.

    The other soul is...down and dirty. Sex and pleasure are indulged in freely without guilt. As long as these two souls never meet, anything goes...

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  4. My nickname, Spicy Contessa, came up instead of my name, Jina Bacarr, on that previous post. Thankz for your super comment on my blog, Enid!!

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  5. The Economists called my stories dirty, so I guess smut fits here. K.A. So the readers don't like to refer to steamy scenes as smut? Jina, I like the 2 souls scenario. I probably have split personality too. LOL

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  6. To each his or her own, as long as it harms no one else, what's the problem? That's my 2 cents :-)

    All success
    Dr.Mani
    Author: "Think, Write & RETIRE!"
    http://ThinkWriteRetire.com

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  7. Um, how to say this... I like to read it when I know it's there. For example, I met a woman, Kathryn Jordan, at a writer's conference who had written a romance called "Hot Water." She advertised it as very sexy and fun so I bought it to read something sexy and fun, and I liked it.

    On the other hand, I was in the middle of a political thriller (don't remember which one) with lots of explosions and bodies and super-hi-tech gadgetry and suddenly there's an explicit sex scene. I didn't mind the explicitness except that my mind was in 'get the bad guy' mode and the change of pace startled me.

    Does that make sense?

    Gayle
    http://gaylecarline.blogspot.com

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  8. It can be startling if you're not expecting it -- or more importantly, if the writer has not led up to it well. It ought to be part of character-building, not an insert that has no purpose beyond titillation (although there's nothing wrong with titillation ;-).

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  9. Totally agree, Gayle and KA. My main focus is romance so the smut follows. I don't have much body parts around in most of my stories. LOL.

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