"Love" Scenes.

Discuss the August 2017 Book of the Month The Expansion by Christoph Martin.

View The Expansion on Bookshelves

View The Expansion on Amazon (Free with Kindle Unlimited)
User avatar
Brandi Noelle
Posts: 251
Joined: 07 Apr 2017, 00:46
2018 Reading Goal: 10
Currently Reading: The Invention of Murder
Bookshelf Size: 72
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-brandi-noelle.html
Latest Review: "Apollo's Raven" by Linnea Tanner
Location: Washington State

Re: "Love" Scenes.

Post by Brandi Noelle » 09 Oct 2017, 16:05

As many have said above, racy scenes are essential for the romance genre because that's what the readers want to see. However, I think a scene that shows a little of the details without dipping into the pool of erotica, is the best way to go. Some books share nothing but a door closing behind the couple as they retreat into the bedroom, and I think that's too little. It leaves the reader out of a pertinent moment in the characters' journey. Is he kind & gentle? Rough and demanding? Is she innocent and shy? Brazen and confident? A glimpse into the early stages of lovemaking can reveal a lot about the characters and their motivations elsewhere in the story.

User avatar
Posts: 31
Joined: 05 Sep 2017, 02:03
2018 Reading Goal: 12
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 8
Currently Reading: Going Gone
Bookshelf Size: 135
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-brian6.html
Latest Review: "My Trip To Adele" by R.I.Alyaseer and A. I Alyaseer
Location: Kenya

Post by Brian6 » 09 Oct 2017, 23:52

More description brings sentimental and that is romance's aim.

User avatar
Posts: 19
Joined: 09 Oct 2017, 04:32
2017 Reading Goal: 20
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... 20752">The Last Wish</a>
Currently Reading: Raven's Peak
Bookshelf Size: 45
Location: PH

Post by MsAlpha » 12 Oct 2017, 10:35

I've read books where explicit love scenes are unnecessary and not even artfully written. It makes you feel that the author was hoping you'd keep turning the pages by giving you porn. But good books do come along where these love scenes are artfully done, and fit perfectly.

User avatar
Mercy Bolo
Posts: 874
Joined: 31 May 2017, 03:44
2018 Reading Goal: 48
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 37
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... 10262">The Wisdom and Peace of the Teachings of the Tao Te Ching</a>
Currently Reading: And Then I Met Margaret
Bookshelf Size: 143
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-mercy-bolo.html
Latest Review: Too Late to Mourn by Christian Tyoder and Lynn Tyoder

Post by Mercy Bolo » 21 Oct 2017, 13:55

If it's not a romance novel then I think some things should be left to the imagination.
"The minimum requirement for a dream is a safe place to lay your head."
~OluTimehin Adegbeye

User avatar
Kat Berg
Posts: 526
Joined: 05 Oct 2017, 22:29
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 11
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 8
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... 5">Raven's Peak</a>
Currently Reading: Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals by Immanuel Kant translated
Bookshelf Size: 212
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kat-berg.html
Latest Review: Becoming the Dragon by Alex Sapegin
Reading Device: B00JG8GOWU

Post by Kat Berg » 22 Oct 2017, 08:56

kandscreeley wrote:I don't think there is a need for those type of scenes. You can be sexy without overt details.
I lean on this side of the fence. I am always hesitant to recommend books if there is especially explicit sex scenes in it. But if there are sex scenes, there is a difference between describing in a beautiful or vulgar way. So often, the "steamy" romance books lean toward the vulgar, and I refuse to read those. I will read a book with the occasional tasteful scene (okay, or funny scene, as sometimes happens in chic lit), but will sometimes skip those if they are unnecessary for understanding the plot.

User avatar
Posts: 240
Joined: 03 Oct 2015, 13:47
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 12
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 64
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 109
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-gaporter.html
Latest Review: Little Mao by Bruce Bian
Reading Device: B0051VVOB2

Post by gaporter » 22 Oct 2017, 14:02

I thought the type of "love" scenes in The Expansion was suitable for the story it was telling. Extra racy/gushy scenes would make the romance feel more forced, rushed, and more important than it really was. Downplaying the romance scenes allowed that aspect of the story to stay more in the background.

User avatar
Posts: 639
Joined: 22 Oct 2017, 14:19
2018 Reading Goal: 30
2017 Reading Goal: 6
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 46
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 183
Currently Reading: Controlled Burn
Bookshelf Size: 30
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-commmayo.html
Latest Review: Warren's Finest by Danny Range
Reading Device: B00G2Y4WNY
Location: Maryland

Post by CommMayo » 26 Oct 2017, 22:03

I like when there is some detail in a novel, especially when you have followed the evolution of the relationship. I also agree that it can be very dependent on the genre.

Posts: 32
Joined: 18 Oct 2017, 08:35
Bookshelf Size: 12
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-cheshire.html
Latest Review: "Raven's Peak" by Lincoln Cole

Post by Cheshire » 05 Nov 2017, 01:56

It depends on the writer's writing style. In love, describing it with a few words can mean so much more than putting on in lengthy descriptions.

As long you get the emotions across, I think descriptive scenes like "racy scenes" could not be needed at all.

Writers are free on what they want to write. I think it is their privilege to decide on how and what they want to write.

User avatar
Posts: 405
Joined: 04 Nov 2017, 11:22
2018 Reading Goal: 48
2017 Reading Goal: 10
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 29
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 30
Currently Reading: A wrinkle in time
Bookshelf Size: 64
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-inaramid.html
Latest Review: The Highway of Life by Kiyoshi Terrell Fish

Post by inaramid » 15 Dec 2017, 03:44

The execution plays a great role here. In the hands of a really good writer, anything can be integrated in a book and look like it fits there. I'd rather not have them in mystery novels but I'd read a few that did have those scenes which worked quite well.

User avatar
Mallory Whitaker
Posts: 465
Joined: 14 Jul 2015, 15:16
2017 Reading Goal: 35
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 74
Currently Reading: Outdoor Adventures
Bookshelf Size: 54
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-mallory-whitaker.html
Latest Review: "OMG! We"re Pregnant" by Dr. Paul Peebles

Post by Mallory Whitaker » 15 Dec 2017, 16:53

MsAlpha wrote:
12 Oct 2017, 10:35
I've read books where explicit love scenes are unnecessary and not even artfully written. It makes you feel that the author was hoping you'd keep turning the pages by giving you porn. But good books do come along where these love scenes are artfully done, and fit perfectly.
I agree with that. I think they can actually push the plot forward and be devices for the story but other times they're used to just add "intrigue" or because they think it will somehow make the story more interesting.

User avatar
Posts: 1
Joined: 15 Mar 2018, 08:39
Bookshelf Size: 0

Post by alisuresuccess » 15 Mar 2018, 08:54

love scenes not always important but can create impression

Post Reply

Return to “Discuss "The Expansion" by by Christoph Martin”