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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I don’t have a problem with either as long as they serve the story and are in character. If they’re being used for no real purpose other than shock value, then I’m not too interested.
I’ve heard it said that excessive use of profanity is an indicator of a poor vocabulary, and to some extent I agree. There can be far more creative ways to express things than the same old seven words you can’t say on television. At the same time, when you’re putting words in a character’s mouth, they have to suit that character’s situation and circumstances – and sometimes the expletives are what will sound right, rather than sweet surrogates like “sugar” and “fudge.”
I don’t seek out books with a lot of explicitly sexy parts – and if that’s most of the book, it’s probably not for me – but again, it depends how well it serves the story and characters. For the most part, I prefer a little more euphemism in this area; but having said that, I don’t really enjoy a romantic scene that’s all metaphor, either. But I can imagine that it’s tough for an author to determine just how to mix the description and the metaphor, and when and if to fade out on the scene – which is why I doubt I’ll ever write one!