keep it real, please.

this is part of the fun meme ,TGIF, hosted by Ginger at GReads! (which is a pretty great blog, if i do say so myself). each friday she hosts a question that the literary lovers in the world can ponder. this week, the lovely Ginger asks:

Explicit material:
How do you feel about explicit language and/or sexual content in YA books?

we all know those people who swear for the sake of swearing, make dirty comments when they are totally not appropriate, and try to hit on someone when it's clearly not the right time. but then, we know those people who make us laugh, who make us feel, and who are totally and honestly authentic.  obviously, we love the authentic peeps and cringe at the forced fitting in situations.

the same goes for how i feel regarding explicit language and sexual content in YA. i think it's pretty common knowledge that people say naughty things and do sexy things. in some writing, it's blatantly obvious that the author was trying to make their character seem hard by having them swear or have meaningless sex or whatever. and it's also blatantly obvious that the character development is seriously lacking in those cases. 

if the explicit language feels forced, drop it. if it flows and truly adds to the character and their story, keep it. 

if the sexytimes are just a way for an author to show that a relationship is progressing to avoid using, you know, WORDS and CONVERSATIONS from forwarding their relationships, drop it. if sexytimes are a natural flow to the narrative and a way for the story to progress in a way that makes sense to the overall plot, keep it.

honestly, at my age there's not much that shocks or freaks me out when i'm reading a book. well, i suppose that's not entirely true...but i LOVE when i get freaked out or shocked or gasp when i'm reading. i'd much prefer that surprise come from a plot twist and not from a surprise f-bomb, however. because really, swearing and sexytimes don't really phase me as an adult reader. 

but if i put myself in the mindset of a teenager, i think the most important piece of the explicit language or sexual content within  a book is that it feels like it should be there and is done so in a way that's not overbearing or overwhelming or forced or lame. 

in short, keep it real. please. 

to see what others had to say, check out the links at GReads! 


Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

1 comment:

  1. I completely agree with this. Keeping it real is the best way to go! If the language & sexual content are true to the story & it's characters then there shouldn't be an issue with it. But I really don't care for YA books that center around their sexytimes & lose focus of what the story is about. I just recently read a book that did this & unfortunately did not give it a high rating. I wanted to, but just couldn't.

    Thanks for the sweet compliment & joining TGIF this week :-)

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