Controversial Song of the Day: “I Just Had Sex” by The Lonely Island ftg Akon
For the entire month of April, we’ll be participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Our theme for the month? CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS IN YA. Check out the link above for other awesome blogs participating.
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Neither Quita nor I are parents yet, but we have a niece who’s an avid reader. And she’s also tall and gorgeous and recently started dating. Before Gorgeous Niece reached dating age, we had no qualms about including sex in our manuscripts. In fact, there were some areas in my manuscript, Wants, that got a bit too hot and heavy–to the point where I had to simmer down the scenes during revisions. I didn’t get what the big deal was–until Gorgeous Niece got her first boyfriend.
Don’t get me wrong. Quita and I aren’t prudes now–and we definitely trust our niece enough to know that she’s not going to run out and do EVERYTHING our characters do–but unless you’re writing YA erotica, there has to be some tact in handling these moments. And these moments SHOULD be there, depending on your characters (come on, most teens DO think about sex), but you have to think about your audience. Your novel may not ever reach teens if you give a play-by-play of what goes on between the sheets. Quite honestly, most adults don’t even want to read anything too graphic.
With that said, here are some YA novels that handle sex in varying degrees:
- The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
- Girl by Blake Nelson
- Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
- Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
- Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
How comfortable are you with writing sex scenes in your novels? With that said, how comfortable are you with READING sex scenes (or allowing your teenager to read them?)?