Why do people have to put sex and language in books? Really, does it make it any better?
Everyone liked Twilight (including myself, regardless of how good or bad it was) and that only had mention of sex. Stephenie didn’t go and explicitly detail every scene between the lovers—she just implied about what happened next and left it there. And another example was when she wrote something like “he muttered a bad word under his breath” or whatever it was she said (books aren’t in front of me right now).
Harry Potter is popular for a reason guys—they’re good. And there’s no sex (barely even any kissing) and no language either (except in the last book where Hermione says a word considered dirty in England).
Mortal Instruments: kissing, but no explicit sex (I think there was some mention of it somewhere, but it escapes me). Granted that I would have liked it better without the homosexuality portion, and it does have some demons and stuff in it, but that’s my personal opinion.
Maximum Ride: same thing. No language, either (or very little. Max’s favorite word is freaking).
Does the fact that these books have no sex or language take away from the quality any? No! If anything it adds to it. Even with Breaking Dawn, I was satisfied with what Stephenie wrote (though I know others weren’t) because she said what she needed to say, told a great story, got the point across, and did it without offending anyone or making it rated R.
Now: Perfect Chemistry. Personally I would have liked the book better if the lovers had fallen in love and held to abstinence. That would have been so romantic, I would have loved it, and regardless of the crappy writing, would have given it at least four stars if not five—but no, they had sex and didn’t even see the problem of it. I was let down by that book greatly. At least the sex wasn’t detailed. There were sections where I wanted to go through with a black marker for the language, though. I had a hard time getting into the book because of all of it.
Bitter Darkness—I started it for a tour a few weeks ago and had to put it down because of the language. Every other word was dirty, and I knew it would only get worse. I didn’t read it (the only book for tour that i’ve said “oops. nope. sorry.” so far).
Did the language and sex take away from these books? Greatly. And I could come up with more if I had time, but I don’t. Would they have been great if they had not had sex or language? Potentially.
Let me ask you this—do you care about content in books? Does it bother you, does it rub you the wrong way, or do you skip it and forget about it? Does it take away from the book, or add, or do nothing? Is it necessary in some cases, does it take away from certain scenes if there is no language?
What’s your viewpoint?
And if you do care: what will it take to make authors see that we care? If enough book reviewers mention sex and language in books and lower the rating because of it, do you think that authors will catch on and change their future novels (obviously not the ones that are published)?
Maybe, maybe not.
But, it wouldn’t hurt to try.
Do you rate a book based on content, or is it important to you? Will you start doing it now? Comment…