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FOR READERS & WRITERS: Sex in Genre Fiction

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FOR READERS & WRITERS

Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Hank T Cannon:

What’s the role of sex in genre fiction?

I wasn’t introduced to sexy books in romance, but in decidedly non-romantic sci fi and contemporary fiction (hello Harold H. Robbins) where it was depicted as a description of power, personality, or outgrowth of culture, and kind of treated like sport.

Only later as my reading expanded did sex as a conduit for romance, or as an ignition for romance enter the picture.

Is sex just for the fun of it gratuitous in genre fiction, or does it serve to convey how characters interact with the world? Do some genres allow more for casual sex than others without creating the expectation of romance?

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