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May 20th, 2010, 06:16 PM
What is the biggest turnoff when you read a book and the biggest turn on?
June 28th, 2010, 10:54 AM
Biggest turn-on and turn-off....I'll assume we're talking erotic romance here. In terms of biggest turn-on, I would have to say that seduction is a turn-on. Rather than having the characters jump right into bed, there is an interplay (foreplay?) between the characters that not only leads up to the actual sex scene, but also develops the relationship between the characters. Without seduction, it's only mechanics. I think that's what differentiates women's erotica from men's porn.
The turn-off is clumsy or stilted writing. It really interferes with enjoyment of the book and yanks me from reader mode into editor mode. It's amazing how some writers can turn what should be a really hot sex scene into something boring or awkward. A scene should flow and the pacing should be appropriate.
Aside from that, it's all a matter of personal preference. I've read things that I didn't think I'd find sexy, but because of the way the author handled it, it was. And I've read a few things that turned me off so much that I stopped reading the book.
June 30th, 2010, 06:55 PM
Hey Cara, sorry I didn't get back to you sooner about your page turner remarks. I couldn't agree more; the foreplay and the sensual stuff is what makes you want to keep reading, like you say the rest is just mechanics. It's the same thing with suspense. It's the great lead up to an explosion that's exciting. Will it explode or not; will the people be saved? Like Alfred Hitchcock used to say, once the bomb goes off, the excitement's over.
June 30th, 2010, 07:58 PM
I am reading a book now where it's one story but; you have 2 pages of a differant person talking. It will say a name on top and then it's about them for only about 2 pages. The whole book is like this. Really not enjoying it cause I have to keep figuring out who that person is again. Another book I read had over 1000 pages & I kept getting lost cause it was simular. The story would change & I would go back trying to figure out what happened. I'm not saying what books cause I don't want to put down any authors(they are number 1 sellers too). I agree with what you ladies have said too.
June 30th, 2010, 08:02 PM
Biggest turn off is when a story doesn't capture you from the first line.
I found that with The Girl Who Played with Fire. I couldn't get into the book. I've only read so far 100 pages and I don't want to read anymore.
June 30th, 2010, 10:31 PM
These are all great answers and helpful for me as a writer. When there's too many characters and too many switching viewpoints, I get lost too. I was wanting to read The Girl Who Played with Fire...that's so bad when you feel like you just can't finish a book, that it's such a waste of time to continue.
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