This Time I'm REALLY Talking About Sex
So everyone keeps talking about the five-minute sex scene, replete with blue wang, in Watchmen. Keeping in mind that I have a refrigerator magnet that declares, “I Heart Porn,” (it is helping my Xena magnet hold up a wedding invite at the moment), this has done nothing to decrease my desire to see the film.
In the meantime, a lot of people brought up the fact that UF tends to be sexy in their comments to my post about what IS urban fantasy. My own editor, gods bless her, called my series, “Horny.” She wasn’t referring to my Satyr, although Caleb does sport very large horns, indeed.
I’ve also made mention of my lovely student and VOXer, Kayla Beck, who, when I told her I wrote UF, said, “Is that hor-mance, like Anita Blake?” I nearly cried laughing. It was the perfect appellation. I told her to stick comic before horror and romance, and you had my book in a nutshell, sistah.
Not all UF, of course, has the sexysexy. That said, I gotta admit I like my UF with sex. I’m sorry, but I do. I don’t HAVE to have the sex, but I enjoy the sex. Then again, I think most things in life are better when integrated with sex. Which would make me a public nuisance if I weren’t so petty bourgeois that I am more afraid of the po-po than I am set on combining otherwise innocuous activities (Driving! Fishing! Getting the mail!) with sex.
Which all leads me to my question. My book is definitely not romance. There’s never going to be an HEA ending (in fact, I’m going to have a highly ironized HEA parody), and Jane is one tough cookie, when it comes to relationships. She is not impressed by some big Alpha male show of dominance as love. We’re going to see her falling for people, but never falling so hard she loses Jane. And yet, if I’m honest, my book is very romanc-ey. There’s dancing, and there’s sex, and there are at least two dates. There’s even a moonlight picnic, and a gratuitous sugar daddy shopping scene (it’s really part of an investigation and it’s the only way they can get the Succubus to talk).
So my books are sexy and romanc-ey UF. They’re comic hor-mance! But, speaking of Anita Blake, I’ve heard a lot of people say that all the sex ruined that series. I don’t feel that way (see my refrigerator magnet), but I do hear it a lot. I don’t know if that’s because of the amount of sex, period, in those books, or because of the rather dramatic change in position (ha!) regarding sex that Anita makes during the series. In other words, I wonder whether some readers out there resent the sex? Do you think writers, like me, who inject (ha!) sex into their series are doing a disservice to UF? Or are we merely writing a sub-sub-genre (the sexysexy UF) of our sub-genre that is urban fantasy? If you actually don’t mind, and read both quite happily, what’s your favorite euphemism? Least favorite?