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Post by akeseh » 01 Jan 2018, 17:48

Were absolutely unnecessary
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Post by Lebs » 03 Jan 2018, 13:39

The sex scenes felt very separate from the plot of the novel. If the author turned those into an erotic novel, that would be worth reading :wink:

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Post by Kat Berg » 06 Jan 2018, 12:10

kandscreeley wrote:
05 Nov 2017, 09:02
These are all my thoughts exactly. Yes, sometimes there is a purpose to an explicit scene. However, it irks the crap out of me when it seems like an author does it just to... What? Sell books? Sometimes that's what it seems like.
I feel the same way. When explicit scenes are just thrown in (outside of the romance genre, which I don't read) so very often it takes away from the story, at the very least it often doesn't serve to move the story along.

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Post by melissy370 » 07 Jan 2018, 15:41

It is unnecessary. The story can be developed without the explicit scenes.

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Post by kwahu » 08 Jan 2018, 02:28

I think the sex graphics were used to add luster into the plot; but they kind of dissuaded most of the readers.

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Post by Roggyrus » 09 Jan 2018, 07:54

I do not wish to put the explicit scenes in a bad light more than what they seem to be already at. But I surmise, these were also placed in those particular periods to show the prevalent standards of sexuality of the times. In effect, women were so much liberated and bold. If Jennifer was made to exemplify the "eve" of the period, then, sadly, it just got a bit excessive than what was the norm.

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Post by DustinPBrown » 09 Jan 2018, 14:59

ashley_claire wrote:
02 Nov 2017, 09:05
I think the point of them was to show that 2015 wasn't as uptight regarding sexual preferences as Jennifer originally thought it would be. But the number of encounters she was having got to the point where it was almost comical. Suddenly everyone she had met wanted to have sex with her. It was unrealistic and the scenes weren't even written very well. This isn't an exact quote because I didn't write it down, but one of the characters says to Jennifer something like "okay, I think we should have sex now" kind of just out of nowhere. The scenes just didn't flow naturally and I feel like some of them were added for shock value more than anything else.
I completely agree. Everyone apparently wanted to have sex with Jennifer, and apparently everyone is also totally cool with their SOs having sex with other people. It was totally unbelievable that just about every person she met was just down to have no-strings sex.

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Post by NL Hartje » 10 Jan 2018, 01:03

I agree with the thought process that says the scenes were there to debunk the idea of sexual restraint in 2015. I feel like casual sex is becoming more and more acceptable for mature age groups and it's creating an almost prudish mindset in the 16 and younger generation. After all, they are so much more mature and learned then their parents ever were... :liar:

As far as it being unrealistic that she be approached for sex so often, let me throw out what my husband always tells me when we discuss sex culturally. It is his firm belief that ANY woman can get it ANY time she wants. He is all in when it comes to the theory of women being the gatekeepers. So according to him, and his man's perspective, it is totally believable that she is getting that much sex.
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Post by DustinPBrown » 10 Jan 2018, 06:02

nlhartje wrote:
10 Jan 2018, 01:03
As far as it being unrealistic that she be approached for sex so often, let me throw out what my husband always tells me when we discuss sex culturally. It is his firm belief that ANY woman can get it ANY time she wants. He is all in when it comes to the theory of women being the gatekeepers. So according to him, and his man's perspective, it is totally believable that she is getting that much sex.
That's a good point. The author is an older man too, and older men do tend to have this mindset. I still think it's incorrect and not true to life (and pretty insulting to men/women in general), but when I think of it like that, the easy time Jennifer had makes more sense.

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Post by Naresh607 » 10 Jan 2018, 22:05

Explicit scenes..?????it is going to be too much fun reading this book :techie-reference:
I think by adding explicit scenes author have increased extra readers

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Post by eBookreviewer » 13 Jan 2018, 12:20

Whenever it is done with respect, it seems to me that this kind of scenes are fine. :techie-studyinggray:

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Post by Joy2thenations » 15 Jan 2018, 23:45

I'm just never a fan of explicit scenes, but that is just my preference. I don't think a good book needs sex. Sex and intimacy are two different things.

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Post by briellejee » 16 Jan 2018, 09:02

They were unnecessary. At first I thought maybe there's some sort of connection to the whole plot but it turned out to be a distraction. I skipped most of them.

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Post by mandalee519 » 16 Jan 2018, 12:55

I thought the sex scenes were completely unnecessary and their omission would not have hindered the plot in the least. If anything the author narrowed his audience because the book just does not seem appropriate for young teens. Now if the scenes were omitted, then the book would appeal to a wider audience and wouldn't be facing so much taboo.
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Post by klbradley » 18 Jan 2018, 08:45

I usually don't mind reading explicit scenes, but when it seems that they are thrown in unnecessarily, it's a "uh, why?" moment for me!
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