Wednesday, January 23, 2008

SEX SEX SEX (A Fingerpost ------------->)

Tim Stretton has posted a fine piece on his blog about writing sex scenes.

Lawrence Block once raised the question as to whether a sex scene could ever be gratuitous if it were in a sex novel. As I've been on the topic of books on writing, allow me to also point to Susie Bright's How to Write a Dirty Story.

Susie--of Susie Sexpert fame, founder of the women's magazine On Our Backs, and author of the fine short story Dan Quayle's Dick) would probably deny there is ever such a thing as gratuitous sex. (Alas, guys, Susie is a lesbian, and therefore not in our dating pool.)


Janet said...

I have no comments to make about writing sex scenes. However...

You have been tagged.

If you break the chain, nothing whatsoever will happen to you. You have been warned.

Faye L. said...

I always find it rather quaint when people bandy the word 'gratuitous' about. I mean, yeah? So what? All fiction is gratuitous in a sense anyway, so what's wrong with gratuitously sexy fiction? (I feel like I should be adopting a Southern American drawl a la Larry Flynt when I say things like this, but I am serious.)

David Isaak said...

Hi, Janet--

Nothing whasoever will happen to me?

That IS a dire threat!

David Isaak said...

Hi, Faye--

"All fiction is gratuitous in a sense anyway..."

That's a good point. Such a good r4remark, in fact, that I wish I'd said it.

("You will, Oscar, you will.")

Susie Bright said...

Hi David, Thanks for the mention; I'm flattered. I'll tell you a secret about my Dan Quayle story. As you remember, it's about this wild dream I had about Dan Quayle, in which we had a secret affair.. this all coincided with some odd events in real life. The sex scene with Dan was based on my experiences with my real=life boyfriend at the time. Dan should only wish... Anyway, I'm both bisexual and also a fierce critic of gratuitous sex scenes, anywhere. "Gratuitous" usually means "poorly written." If it works, you'll be compelled, and hold it in your memory for a long time to come!

Best, Susie Bright

David Isaak said...

Wow! Susie Bright, here on my very own blog!

You're bi? I thought you were just joshing us. (The first thing I ever read of yours besides some issue of OOB was Susie Sexpert's Lesbian Sex World, so perhaps I overgeneralized.) Good to hear there is still hope for Persons of Penis.

As far as gratuitousness goes, you're right. I've never heard anyone say of a scene, sexual or otherwise, "My god, what a great scene! Why was that included?"