Oh, admit it. And then you get a little hot yourself. The most well-written sex-scenes bring us into the privacy of bedrooms we are at all other times barred from entering.
But often the best writing about sex can be found in books that are not about sex at all. Rather, many great novels portray sexual encounters as an inseparable part of the extraordinary ordinariness of daily life. What follows is a collection of credible, affecting sex scenes by writers who are celebrated not for their illicit content, but for their uncommonly precise prose and insightful observations of human nature.
Authors are great at a lot of things — taking readers to new and exciting worlds, making you fall in love with fictional characters, giving us all the Feels with a capital "F" — but there is one thing writers are notoriously bad at: writing sex scenes. Whether you read literary fiction, fantasy and sci-fi, romance, or something else entirely, you have probably been exposed to bad sex writing, but there are are plenty hot sex scenes in booksas rare as they might be. You're probably rolling your eyes right now and thinking about the cringe-worthy book passages that were nominated for this year's Bad Sex in Fiction Awardbut don't let the bad metaphors and lack of protection in those novels turn you off.
These steamy literary passages will have you questioning why you ever scroll through Netflix when you can pick up a book instead…. She leaned in and kissed him, and at first he was slow in his response, and then he was pulling up her blouse, pushing down her bra cups to free her breasts. She remembered clearly the firmness of his embrace, and yet there was, also, a newness to their union; their bodies remembered and did not remember.
There are two main types of sex scenes in fiction — the smutty, Literotica kind and the true-to-life, if slightly embellished, good stuff. Yet, authors walk a much finer line between tacky and truly great sex scenes. Note: We stuck strictly to the literature on this list, straying from your typical erotica.
Before Fifty Shades of Grey hit the shelves, there were plenty of books that featured raw and intense portrayals of sex. I think many people often scoff at the idea that the human experience, intimacy included, can be effectively and beautifully portrayed on paper, but they are certainly missing out. Since sex is so openly portrayed on screen e.
They often:. Before we get there, a quick quiz: What is the difference between erotica and sex in literary novels? Glean from this wisdom. Study and prove yourself approved.
At first, it seemed simply rather entertaining with its weird lists of blue things in the world. He rightly points out that, when a writer merely describes the physical acts e. In fact, such language is pretty boring and unbelievable, unless one is 12 years old, I suppose.