Open or closed door sex. I haven’t seen many conversations about this on the web, but I have been thinking about it a lot. I’ve just reached a chapter in editing SORB that read far more like something Raven would write on a tame day. I’ve read it three times now (twice last night, once this morning) and realised it’s an entire chapter devoted to nothing but this pair of people having sex.That’s not like me at all. But that’s not what’s leading me to remove the chapter. I’m going to remove it (and, frankly put, give it to Raven!) because it doesn’t move the story on. In any way. Sure, it’s nice, to see these two finally hook it up, especially after all the tension between them, but that’s it. There’s no information there, no movement of plot, just sex. So it has to go.
But it has me thinking.
Do my stories need sex at all? I’m sure in future, if such things end up happening in plot, then it will be written in, but that throws up yet another question. Closed door or open door? By closed door I mean the sort of thing you see in the old James Bond films…. Bond woos his lady, says a few sweet words and lowers her into the bed as the screen fades to black. You know it happened, but you don’t see it.
Open door is more like the newer Bond films… Daniel Craig tears the clothes off his latest squeeze and humps her all over the bed. Tehee.
I’m yet to decide. So far, the stories I have lined up when trilogy is done, have no need of sex. So it won’t be there. The high fantasy piece I’ve talked about in brief, has one scene in which the fact that the protagonists have sex is pivotal, but even in the original draft I didn’t expand on the fact that they ‘kissed under the stars….’ There was no need and anything more would have been a mis-match with the tone of the rest of the book.
I guess that’s my answer. If it matches the tone of what has come before and what will come after, I’ll just write in the sex scenes if I want them. If to do so would be unusual and disruptive to the plot (as it is with SORB) then it shouldn’t be there.
But if/when that time comes, I think that project will likely become collaborative with Raven. Yes, yes, I know that’s weird, but I, as Ileandra, just can’t write sex the way she does. Different head space. The Shared Brain knows that, which is why we got separated in the first place.
What do you think? Does fantasy (traditional, urban, epic, whatever) have any space for sex scenes? Should they be there at all? Or do they distract from the story?