About romance and erotica books, you perves. *rolls eyes*
This is a post that’s been hanging around in my head for a while now so I decided to pull it out, dust it off and attempt to give it some polish… yeah, right…
Lurker of book blogs that I am, I frequently see comments asking how much sex has been included in a novel as well as when those scenes occur within the story line.
Yes, we romance and erotica readers tend to expect some sort of sex happening between the main characters and, yes, it seems to me that those assumptions are even higher when it comes to m/m stories.
But is that all there is? Isn’t there more to it than just getting your undies wet?
I have to admit, as smutty as I am, I get particularly PO’ed when I see such comments in relation to long novels.
Are you kidding me?? 150+ pages of sex from start to finish?!
If I wanted PWP, I’d only buy books by XXXXXXX or ###### or pure pron. *Oh, wait…*
Seriously, though, the expectations some readers have about the amount of sex scenes in a long novel just seem, well, ridiculous to me.
For me, and setting relevancy to one side, when I read such a book I generally want to see plot and character development before the smexing happens.
I become more invested in the progression of a longer story and, when the main characters do eventually end up in the sack together, it is all the more convincing and therefore satisfying to me as a reader.
So those are my expectations when it comes to sex in longer romances. Tell me what yours are.