Three things have just converged: another blogger just wrote about needing to write their first sex scene, my series has also gotten to that point in the story-arc where I need two characters “to connect”, and the novel I just started reading yesterday had one of the most explicit sex scenes I’ve ever read in a sci-fi novel. In the book I’m reading, the scene needed to happen, but the depth and girth of the scene seemed gratuitous. Or, am I just reading Erotica disguised by a good plot? For the story I’m writing, I was thinking about more of an implied scene. It needs to happen, but the details do not alter the plot.
I don’t consider myself a prude. The Paula Guran anthology I just finished last week, Extreme Zombies, had zombie sex in a few stories. Rarely, did it seem gratuitous. It was part of the examination of what it meant to retain humanity. On the other hand, the sex scenes didn’t last for eight pages.
To those reading this, where is the line between too little and too much? Is there a line? Also, is it wrong to consider how much or little my future readers may want to read when I write the scene? I welcome opinions.