Open Or Closed Door? #AtoZChallenge #AprilA2Z ‘O’


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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.gasping/shocked/surprised face OpenClipArtThat’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.

Very different.

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?
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About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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3 Responses to Open Or Closed Door? #AtoZChallenge #AprilA2Z ‘O’

  1. Um, yes. But I think that because of the nature of a fantasy novel, it’s going to depend on whether you can convince the audience of the need for the scene.

    Consider, for example, three adventurers on a quest. They’re all on edge from their travels and from fighting, and one night it can bring them together in an emotionally charged scene which defuses that tension and completely changes things between them for the remainder of the quest.

    Whether they’re going to have some awkward conversations and shed some tears as they realise it can never happen again, or be happy that they have one another in the times of peril that they face, that’s up to you. One of my criticisms of the fantasy genre though, is that the protagonists seem to have very little respite from the demands of the plot marching forward. Honestly, if you want to write a passionate and sensual interlude, I want to read it, because I feel that they deserve a break after smashing the skeletal hordes, defeating the evil sorceress, and finding the fabled sword of kings, only to find out that yet another quest awaits them.

    Food for thought, anyway. 🙂

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    • Interesting. Not thought about it that way before. I do agree though; there are very little gaps in fantasy (particularly epic ones, which traditionally have lots of space) for interludes like that. I’m certainly not against them.

      My point was more that the scene I wrote for this urban piece was quite graphic and it was an entire chapter. Elements of the chapter will remain, but it won’t be as drawn out as it was previously.

      Certainly something to think about though; with the high fantasy piece I have planned. The lead up to the scene I mentioned is a long way down the road. They’ve been though a lot with few gaps and very much need (and deserve an intimate moment). I’ll have to revisit it when the time comes and see what happens.

      Thanks though. I really do love hearing your thoughts. You make me think, too!

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