Booking Through Thursday
Do you have “issues” with too much profanity or overly explicit (ahem) “romantic” scenes in books? Or do you take them in stride? Have issues like these ever caused you to close a book? Or do you go looking for more exactly like them? (grin)
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Great question and very appropriate for Banned Books Week.
I don't think I have a problem with either of those. I have never said, "Oh the horror!" and closed the book. I have rolled my eyes and said, "Oh come on now! No way you can do that" over some more silly sex scenes. Sometimes an author can give a little too much information in that area though and it gets a little icky. But if done the right way it can add a lot to the reading experience.
Some authors are magicians at not saying anything and it still gets yucky. Take Lolita, for example, no profanity, but the subject matter is very controversial. Nabokov writes so vaguely that you get a hint of something indecent but you really can't say for sure. Great book, by the way.
As for swearing, it doesn't really bother me because people swear in real life. Sometimes a character is upset or angry and it's understandable. I don't like 'a swear' for every second word. They're like adverbs and adjectives: use sparingly. Too many and it's just filler, doesn't add to plot or character development, and is tedious to read.
For me, it's not a matter of decorum, I guess, but good writing.