I recently ran a workshop on making love. Before you get the wrong end of the stick, it was about how this act is portrayed in literature. I could have called it Sex in Literature, but that sounds rather coarse.
‘Writing a sex scene is one of the most difficult aspects of writing,’ I impressed on my students. ‘On the other hand, you can learn a lot from badly written sex scenes,’ and I gave a few examples.
It’s odd, but even very good authors are prone to writing awful sex scenes. In any of the other passages the author controls the mind of his characters. Sex scenes are dominated either by what’s happening or by flowery prose; there’s hardly anything in between.
Says Arnold Jansen op de Haar in his latest column. What do you think?