A Literary Orgasm—The Essence Of A Great Fuck Scene

Call me a bit of a snob, but I’m not much of a fan of porn. Mind you—this has nothing to do with a moralist agenda on my part. Porn stars are jut feeding into a craving embedded in the human psyche. If you can sit down and watch porn, then you really shouldn’t sit in judgment of it. No, my contention is different. Perhaps, I’m an elitist, but porn actually bores me. Yes I’ll admit the soft-core Cinemax After Dark versions can be rather amusing at times, but what bugs me about porn isn’t the sex, but the lack of content. Okay, I understand that the whole purpose is to show sex in every rabid manifestation your horny-heart can dream of, but truly there is something to be said for content. Why? Because I think many people, and I would argue even most (that includes you, gentlemen), find more fulfillment when sex has meaning, other than testosterone-fueled plumbers, and cheating tart rich wives.

It’s for this reason that I turn to literature. For those of you who’ve ever ventured into some lit-erotica sites, there are some real gems there, but for purposes of discussion, I’ll focus more on those found in the novel. Now obviously, it would be terribly negligent on my part to speak on erotic literature and not, mention the blockbuster Fifty Shades Trilogy. However since I plan on doing a full critique in my upcoming book review series, I’ll save that for a later time. Also what is of more interest to focus on are works not classified as erotica, but that have explicit sexual content.

Now there is nothing that makes me want to curl into myself, and get lost in my book-nerdy imagination, than a great fuck scene. In my younger, more innocent days, I was tantalized by the episodes of coital bliss, featured in my V.C. Andrews sagas, and when I discovered Nora Roberts, I was even more elated. However, if I was to be perfectly honest with you, most main stream novels don’t have great sex scenes. They tend to rely on too many clichés—like the “sun, moon, stars” type of orgasm that no one ever has.

So the thing that makes a sex scene engaging, aside from the content, is the context. If you have waited and waited, for certain characters to hit the sack, then nothing is more gratifying, than when they finally do; and if they do it more than once—even better. But my personal opinion is that in a novel you shouldn’t read more than 3-5 sex scenes with the same couple. Why? Because sex scenes, like real life, become routine after a while, and routine, runs the risk of being boring. The second thing is that the sex acts—when presented—should be different. Variety is the spice of life, and that runs true in the boudoir, so reading a couple getting their shag on (isn’t it great how many different ways you can say sex!) in distinctive positions, keeps readers interest.  Thirdly—the scene should be purpose-specific. Like I know in a romance novel it is a given that the couple will eventually get their groove on (again isn’t it great—how many different ways you can say sex!), but there should actually be a motive for it. This goes back to what I said about context, and why I favor a limited amount of scenes. Each time the couple has sex, there should be something going on in their relationship. Whether it’s the first time frenzy, or the deep bond-forming passion that comes after developed intimacy; or some sort of makeup wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am; having a compelling backdrop is what makes a scene compelling.

Finally, (how I wish I could just write things in threes) it all comes down to the details. I think we can understand why the devil lies in them, as details are what make a scene enthralling. The key to a perfect literary orgasm is visualization, so if you can paint a picture in words, then I’m all eyes. If all those elements are in play—well, sit back, cock your feet (pun-maybe intended), and enjoy your oh so sexy story.

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