[bksvol-discuss] Re: Mindless frivolityRE: Re: 2 questions for the gang

Hi,
For whatever reason the beginning of this discussion never reached my
inbox, but I get the general idea, and figured I would just put my
opinion out there.
I don't like sexual content in books, and I don't dislike it either,
if that makes any sense. Same goes for violence and strong language.
Although in the case of language, I do dislike it if it makes the
dialogue seem unrealistic. I seriously doubt that someone who is
robbing a bank and pointing a gun at someone is going to say, "I'm
gonna blow your goshdarned head off, you raskel!" In any case, back to
my point. If sex, violence, and language is in the book, I won't skip
past it, nor will I be repulsed by it, but I also won't read a book
just for that content. In my opinion, it is just part of the book, and
I have no issue with it. That having been said, it can get annoying
after a while, especially the sex. I understand that sex is perfectly
natural, and that most people will, at some point in their lives, have
it, but it just seems quite pointless to rehash the same activity over
and over again, unless it is a romantic or erotic novel, in which
case, that is more or less the main point of the book.

On 02/03/2010, Kim Friedman <kimfri11@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Speaking for myself, I don't care for sex or violence if it's gratuitous,
> i.e., when there's no reason for it. In romance novels I get, you pretty
> much know that sex will come up at some point in the story because of the
> feelings of the protagonists. I can accept this as it fits. I really like it
> if there's genuine caring going on and sex is used to show there is not only
> desire but some sense of commitment and caring occurring. I feel
> uncomfortable when there's coldness and nastiness being praised. It
> distresses me when people are heartless toward each other and sex is a
> weapon. I also think it depends on what the author is trying to do in the
> story. If violence is used but is not regarded as glorious then I think it's
> there for a purpose. I do have problems with some of James Patterson's books
> because he overdoes the psychopathic killer thing. I don't like this "Well
> if you have one serial killer in the novel to scare the bejabers out of
> people, why not have two or more." This is overkill. I suppose that's why
> I'm unwilling to read horror novels. I don't like anything too gruesome.
>  If I can't find something I like about the author's characters, it's
> probable I might not care for the book. If the writing's good, the story's
> good, and I care about the characters, I'll read a book even though I may
> not care for the language or there's descriptions of sex or violence.
> Regards, Kim.
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>
> I'd just like to put my vote out there for mindless frivolity. I enjoy it
> all--strong language, explicit sex, all of it. I figure there are volunteers
> out there who are better at reading and proofing serious work. Me, I like
> fluff. I can read more of it, and I read enough serious required texts that
> I feel no guilt about asking for an explicit romance novel to proof.
>
> Shannon
>
>
>
> At 08:41 PM 2/26/2010, Roger Loran Bailey wrote:
>>I am going to have to agree with you on that one. I have nothing
>>against sex scenes and I have nothing against the very most graphic and
>>explicit sex scenes, per se. But how many body parts rubbing against
>>how many body parts described in how many ways can there be anyway. It
>>also happens that the more sex scenes and the more explicit the sex
>>scenes there are in a book the less interested in it I am likely to be.
>>That is because the book as a whole is likely to not have much depth to
>>it. That is to say, they tend to be mindless frivolity.
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