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Post by Amie Gene » 22 Nov 2017, 01:04

I think the explicit scenes were unnecessary. They had nothing to do with Jennifer adapting to the culture and the 21st Century. They detracted from the story more than they added to it.

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Post by Paul78 » 22 Nov 2017, 05:13

Explicit scenes in the book shows how Jennifer was love struck. Though I must agree that it does paint a picture which is not good about her.
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Post by Christina Rose » 22 Nov 2017, 23:47

Amie Gene wrote:I think the explicit scenes were unnecessary. They had nothing to do with Jennifer adapting to the culture and the 21st Century. They detracted from the story more than they added to it.
I agree, the explicit scenes did very little to add to the story.

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Post by GCamer » 23 Nov 2017, 19:44

In my opinion, some authors include explicit scenes to attract more readers. I believe it's all right to include them but not to the point that they're almost everywhere in the book.

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Post by Christina Rose » 24 Nov 2017, 00:22

GCamer wrote:In my opinion, some authors include explicit scenes to attract more readers. I believe it's all right to include them but not to the point that they're almost everywhere in the book.
I do think the author was trying to attract diverse readers, I just think he went overboard.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 24 Nov 2017, 00:59

The author seemed unable to decide which reader he wanted to please. He straddled all genres: Sci-Fi (time travel), Romance (obviously), Thriller (will Jennifer's secret be discovered?), Nonfiction (archeology, physics, Marty's project), Historical Fiction (discussions about the Big Bang), Young Adult/Children's (time with Marty's kids, including Monopoly games!). If we look hard enough, we might find some Poetry in there!

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Post by powergirl » 24 Nov 2017, 17:22

For me each author has his own way to write So i cannot say that a scene was unnecessary .For sure he knows why he put emphasis on certain scenes than others .But as far as I am concerned I love the way he explicits scenes .
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Post by EMoffat » 25 Nov 2017, 02:17

I don't think that they were unnecessary because they added to the storyline and plot. However, I don't think there needed to be quite so many. It almost seemed like the author was trying to fit in as many as possible

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Post by Perlita Basio » 25 Nov 2017, 02:26

Life is not all about sex...and you can survive without sex but I am not saying that everyone has the same concern and mind set...but being open minded too much with sex is really not a good thing for me.

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Post by katiesquilts » 25 Nov 2017, 02:47

Christina Rose wrote:
kandscreeley wrote: by kandscreeley » Yesterday, 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 agree that it was probably just a selling point. No other reason makes sense, since the scenes didn't add anything to the story. However, it seems to be one of the least liked features of the book by quite a few readers.
I agree, too. By adding in erotic scenes to a novel you actually end up cutting your target audience down, despite it actually being used as a selling point. I think everyone knows their standpoint on erotic scenes, whether they'll like them or not.

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Post by Christina Rose » 25 Nov 2017, 14:29

Miriam Molina wrote:The author seemed unable to decide which reader he wanted to please. He straddled all genres: Sci-Fi (time travel), Romance (obviously), Thriller (will Jennifer's secret be discovered?), Nonfiction (archeology, physics, Marty's project), Historical Fiction (discussions about the Big Bang), Young Adult/Children's (time with Marty's kids, including Monopoly games!). If we look hard enough, we might find some Poetry in there!

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You’re right, the author really did try to include something for everyone. It resulted in fans of any particular genre not being able to embrace the whole novel.

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Post by BoyLazy » 26 Nov 2017, 10:04

radioactivelyradiant wrote:I believe there were simply too many scenes like this, to the point it seemed unrealistic. It seemed unnatural and out of place at certain points in the story.
It is very disappointing that the flow of the story was missed.
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Post by Kelebogile Mbangi » 27 Nov 2017, 03:51

ashley_claire wrote: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 think it detracts from a book when the explicit scenes are too many and unnatural.
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Post by Christina Rose » 27 Nov 2017, 04:01

Kelebogile Mbangi wrote:
ashley_claire wrote: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 think it detracts from a book when the explicit scenes are too many and unnatural.
I agree. A natural flow is necessary for the overall harmony.

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Post by BoyLazy » 27 Nov 2017, 04:20

Kelebogile Mbangi wrote:
ashley_claire wrote: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 think it detracts from a book when the explicit scenes are too many and unnatural.
Unnatural is the right word. In real life hope it is not natural to see such activities.
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