The Exceptional X / Book of Objects
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And the question? Well, that's easy: What's the one thing you would never write about?
--Because my kids still think I'm a virgin.
--My mom, too.
--Because it's most often done badly--the writing, that is, not the sex. (From what I hear, that's frequently done rather well.)
--Because even some of our great literary minds have gushed in embarrassing shades of purple, producing scenes that sounded like bad porn when they tried.
There are exceptions though. Two literary sex scenes in particular come to mind:
In Sula, Toni Morrison writes a scene so charged and visceral that the hair on your arms will rise.
The second one is the famous scene in Gone With the Wind when a drunken Rhett sweeps Scarlett up the stairs. But wait, you say. That's where the scene ended. One of the most memorable and powerful sex scenes in my reading life had no actual, um, sex?
My point exactly. (Aren't you proud of me, Mom?)
Anyone else have a favorite literary sex scene? Or one that made you laugh out loud it was so bad?