Author Spider Robinson wrote that, while “everybody disagrees with everybody” about what constitutes a good sex scene, most agree that it “should be believable, consensual (all parties consenting), (and) a natural development of the story rather than a pasted-on attention-getter.”* This week, we'd like you to blog about your favorite sex scene in literature. (Please keep it at clean as you can!)
From Goethe to D.H. Lawrence to Anaïs Nin to Henry Miller to Erica Jong, authors have written about passionate lovemaking for centuries. Some classics, such as Jong’s Fear of Flying will forever be linked with the subject, while others, such as Lady Chatterley’s Lover, are notable no longer for their once-shockingly explicit treatment of sex, but for other literary strengths.
The steamy side of literature past and present is the talk of both cocktail parties and blogs alike. In one of Red Room’s most popular blog posts, writing teacher and fiction author Jessica Barksdale Inclán instructs would-be writers on the finer points of crafting a relatable—and memorable—scene. (She’s even taught a university course on the subject.) Blog about your favorite sex scene in literature and you could receive feedback from Jessica (who serves as guest judge for this week’s blog challenge entries).
A few bloggers will win books by Red Room authors:
- Ericka Lutz's satirical and bountiful The Edge of Maybe is a novel of possibility that encompasses both the sheer bigness and smallness—food, yoga, drinking, cooking, sex, self-cutting, parenting, motel-life, and finally going for broke—of middle class life at the edge of the 21st Century."
- "One may need to pluck at a daisy chain to keep tabs on YC and Martin and their countless escapades growing up during the time of free love and rock and roll" in Nancy Ballard's debut novel of San Francisco in the 1960s and '70s, Invited Guests. Against this backdrop, Martin and YC "parallel dialogues as their lives intertwine in ever changing, often separate and unusual directions." But will their paths bring them together?
- Columnist, therapits, and author Isadora Alman's Bluebirds of Impossible Paradises takes us to a similar time and place. Her novel "is the story of one woman's search for love, good sex, and happiness with a series of often bisexual or gay men. For some this will be a fantasy, for others a look back at a piece of their own history."
So post a blog entry today! For help on how to blog, please see the directions here. We'll choose one of these blog posts to be featured on Red Room's homepage next week. Post your entry by Friday, February 24th at 10:30 a.m. PST (GMT-08:00) for consideration, and be sure to tag it with the keyword term favorite sex scene blog in the Blog Keyword Tags field so we can find it. (Please don't forget the exact tag. For more information about tags, click here.)
And don't forget to the entries on last week's topic, favorite Red Room heroes. From one author’s appreciation for opposite perspective of another based on to a writing program’s founder who helped an author rediscover her calling, Red Roomers praised the heroes they found right here.
Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room
*Robinson included a fourth component, "...and, hopefully, sexually arousing." We're not sure we agree. Maybe our guest judge said it best: "Of course, the sex scene can be ‘bad sex.’ Yes, characters have bad sex like the rest of us now and again, and that also tells us something about character, plot, and theme."