Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading hosted by Booking Through Thursday where I’ll answer whatever question is thrown at me. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking the link to the host’s blog page.
This Week’s Question:
How do you feel about explicit detail in your reading? Whether language, sex, violence, situations and so on … does it bother you? Faze you at all? Or do you just read everything without it bothering you?
Whether or not I can handle certain explicit content depends entirely on the novel I am reading. Below are my thoughts/examples as it concerns the question on violence, language, and sex.
Violence: If I am reading a story about a character getting mixed up in a gang, it would be completely thoughtless of me to expect the book to be free of violence. There is some violent situations that should be exposed, because they are real and aren’t going to disappear.
Language: Though I refrain from swearing too much myself, many people do take part in it. Nowadays, it’s a very common portion of conversation. Cursing in novels doesn’t bother me as long as it stays within character dialogue or narrator interior monologue (thoughts).
Sex: There’s a massive difference between a novel with a few sex scenes (it wouldn’t be realistic if an in-love couple didn’t have sex) and a novel that revolves around sex. I am an adult and frequently immerse myself in adult fiction books. Because of this, I have no problems with a novel that contains sex. This, of course, excludes erotica, which I am absolutely NOT okay with. All I can say about these novels, for instance Fifty Shades of Grey, is “not going to happen…ever!”
How do you feel about novels that contain violence? Strong language? Sex? Leave a comment below.