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on 29 March 2006
Despite the title this is a really classy book. It shows you how to write pulitzer prize sex scenes rather than sleazy. It isn't a handbook for porn writers at all. It is aimed at literary fiction writers.It teaches you primarily that sex scenes are always about something other than sex. Definitely one of the best (and most entertaining) writing books I own.
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VINE VOICEon 5 May 2011
As another reviewer has pointed out, this is not a manual for writing erotica. This is about the place of sex scenes in mainstream fiction.

It is curious how the normal criteria for assessing the valdity of a scene, and whether it has a place in your novel, often go out the window when it comes to writing the 'sex scene'. This book discusses not only how to write such scenes, but how to assess whether they should be there at all - not on 'moral' grounds, but by the same criteria as all scenes should be judged: how do they advance the plot of the novel? What do they teach us about the protagonists?

And that is why this book is very different from one about writing pornography - it treats the sex scene as an integral part of the novel, not an erotic interlude.

Of course, this means that it does not restrict its remit to consensual, 'vanilla' sex. It also discusses the inclusion of sex scenes which deal with subjects that were previously taboo, such as incest and rape. This makes it a sometimes uncomfortable, but always informative read.
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on 17 July 2015
An academic achievement but not what I was looking for i.e help with how to write erotic scenes. It may be useful to others who are looking for other type of advice.
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on 11 November 2013
For a writer it hardly advanced my knowledge. Couldn't finish it .Title is a big let down.not even sure i'll give it to my local charity shop
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on 11 September 2015
Book received in excellent condition, as new. Good content, very instructive and beneficial to creative writing on this subject.
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on 11 April 2015
Excellent book on writing.
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