It should not be sex

If you read this blog, you will find out that I love reading the classics. I also love seeing how they come to life on the big screen or on TV. I have watched a few, and I have been disappointed. It seem sometimes that the producers feel that they have and must include this element or the not so subtleness of it, even when the books do not call for it or have it thrown in the faces of its readers. That element is sex.

It is as if they are saying that having sex or the hint(s) of it means that it is love. That it is needed or else people are not going to watch some ROMANTIC piece base on an old book without it. I beg to differ. Romance is more than two people getting it on. Love is more than that, or it should be more than that. Should it not?

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12 responses to “It should not be sex

  1. I agree with you. Sex is not necessary to tell a good story.

  2. I agree completely. One of the best things about a classic is the sexual tension throughout the book – or the unfulfilled sexual desire. It really raises the readers tension as well and it creates a love story that doesn’t revolve around sex, but around minds, and witty love remarks and REAL LOVE. You’re just so right.

  3. Unless sex is actually part of the story then it is not needed and usually gets in the way of the real story. I almost never use it.

    You are also dead on when you say that sex is not romance. It can be part of the right kind of romance, but it can not stand alone as romance itself.

    Great write.

    Tim

    • I think some people view love in only the physical sense when it comes to defining what love is. It should be deeper.
      Thanks for the visit and comment. šŸ™‚

  4. I’m curious about what transposition inspired this post.
    I totally agree. The sexual tension between Darcy and Lizzie in P&P, for example, is something that doesn’t stop to amaze me, all the looks, the exchanges, their remarks… it’s like a “dance of love”.
    And this is sexier than the simple act of sex itself.

    Your blog is always very interesting, sorry for the english, it’s not my mother language.
    Cheers.

    • Watching too much classic books adapted into sorts of soap opera like movies/TV series was the catalyst for this post.

      Your take on that perspective between Darcy and Elizabeth is correct. It was indeed like a “dance of love”.

      English not being your mother tongue is okay. Thanks for the compliment. šŸ™‚

      • You know how they say: “I have unrealistic expectations of men because of Mr Darcy.” We should extend this fault to all the Period Dramas! šŸ™‚
        They spoil us.

      • I know, but one must separate fantasy from reality. I don’t think Jane Austen’s purpose was to depict that Mr. Darcy was the end all of what a man should be, the male specimen to judge other men by, but to show how a gentleman in his case in her day behaved. She showed his imperfections in a way that moved the seed of a love story into maturity.

  5. If you look at the evolution of movies, sex portrayed in them has increased through the years. Look at our society and our young people…some of them hook up very casually with one another…no love involved, just pure physical enjoyment. So…producers of movies, throw it in the movies because our society has “evolved” to expect it. The people of today do not want to watch a “chaste” story…at least not pay money to watch it. Sex sells you know…

    • There’s a line in a song called Signs, by Creed, that goes, “We all know that sex sells and the whole world is buying.”

      Not the whole world, and not all those that go to the movies, watch any TV or participate in anything entertainment. With that said, entertainers were trying to push the envelope from long ago. But I have this feeling that the evolution isn’t complete.

      And you’re right, society plays a major role in what is accepted from what isn’t.

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