Author Topic: Sex in the Mercy Thompson Series  (Read 50777 times)

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Sex in the Mercy Thompson Series
« on: June 09, 2009, 05:56:25 am »
Ok, so I know some authors don't want to be deemed as "trashy romance novelists" or whatever youd like to call it and if I were a writer I wouldn't necessarily want to just do the typical Harlequin deal of having a certain number of explicitly (if not raunchy) sexy scenes added to my book just so they sell, but let's face it... Men like watching porn and women like reading it and even thrive on a little bit of romance and a certain amount of trash... at least in casual and fun (non-pulitzer prize winning) books they choose.  I certainly wouldn't expect trash to be in the books that I read that are intended to be more of an intense and thought provoking read... but can I be honest and just say that this series will never produce one of those kinds of books? 

So, after four books in the Mercy Thompson series I can't help but feel that I'm left high and dry.  I know I know this is intended to be a mystery and possibly even a lore based fiction novel but for goodness sake... toss me a bone (no pun intended).  Even the sex described in the last book left much to be desired (given she was a recovering rape-victim at the time and tenderness and discretion were admittedly a must for this particular scene).  Quite possibly there will be more in books to come but at the moment, I'm starting to feel like maybe Ms. Briggs isnt really all that comfortable writing intimate moments.  I have really felt like there has been all this build up and all this sexual tension in the books like a balloon blown up to the point of rupture, but then when it gets down to it - to the part that many of us are screaming for - I feel like someone just let go of the balloon leaving me with a raspberry sound rather than the satisfying pop that I was expecting.  If I was off base to expect more "oomph" I'm sorry and I'll seek my trash elsewhere - lol.  There are plenty of books with it there but I just felt that Mercy and Adam's relationship deserved better "kiss and tell" telling. 

I won't stop reading the series - the lore is fascinating with some creative liberty taken that I always enjoy and the story lines are good with interesting character development.  I just feel like it would be better and more satisfying if there was a little less tentativeness in describing the intimacies.  After all, there really isn't anything tentative about any of the other scenes in the book.


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Re: Sex
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2009, 08:28:09 am »
let's face it... Men like watching porn and women like reading it

That may be true for you, but I (and most of my friends) don't fall into your categories.  "Trashy" scenes can drive me from a series unless I'm immensely fond of it, and even then, I'll skip the scenes.

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Re: Sex
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2009, 08:33:56 am »
I must admit that I'm quite on the opposite here:
I love the fact that in a field and time in which practically every other author is giving us sexscenes of minute detail she rather chose to go with a moment of a tender erotic nature and I do hope that she keeps to that level. I wouldn't stop reading either if she did feel compelled to delve into more detailed descriptions of doing the dirty but I would probably lament the waste of space. :-\

I guess there's just something very primal about violence that lends it to scenes of a more descriptive nature, where as I see sex as something very personal that loses it's erotic nature the more detailed one gets about it.
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Re: Sex
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2009, 08:45:53 am »
As I said in the last sentence of my post - everything else in the book isn't tentative - why should this be?  I don't want to read new and creative words for genitalia or even go so far as to take pages and pages of the book describing encounter after encounter... but it lacked the heat that was promised through build up over the first 3 books.

I also said that if I wouldn't expect it of intellectual and thought provoking reads - but this series is intended for a light and easy read and I just thought that the lack of passion was out of sync.  We waited 3 books for Adam and Mercy to get together... and I'm still waiting for more of an actual resolution to this thread in the books.

Also, I shy away from Harlequin books and the like that can be purchased for $6.00 in the grocery check out line, however, I have read books with intense romantic encounters that I wouldn't consider "trashy" but were still satisfying.  Charlaine Harris and Janet Evanovich are both masters at this - not trashy and thereby corny, but descriptive without losing eroticism.
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Re: Sex
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2009, 08:51:12 am »
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and I'm still waiting for more of an actual resolution to this thread in the books.

Then it's a good thing there are 3 more books in the series. :D It'd be shame if Patty tied everythign up before the series was ended, then what woudl she write about? ;D
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Re: Sex
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2009, 08:53:27 am »
Just three?  :-[  How sad...

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Re: Sex
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2009, 09:10:51 am »
Charlaine Harris and Janet Evanovich are both masters at this - not trashy and thereby corny, but descriptive without losing eroticism.
So far I only read ony short by Harris and nothing by Evanovich, but I did kind kind of get the impression that at least Harris's character is defining herself much more over her sexuality (or in case of the story in question over her lack of any sexual encounters worth speaking of for quite some time), than Mercy does in the books, so it would seem to me to be more in sync with those to include more described 'hot' encounters.
I wonder if it would flow as well with Mercy and if it would actually add anything to the series.
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Re: Sex
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2009, 05:50:28 pm »
I think Patty handle the first sexual encounter between Mercy and Adam just right.  she's still recuperating after the rape. the healing process Adam gave and then the "getting down to business" was right for the tone of series.
If anyone feels Patty cannot write these scenes correctly maybe they haven't read "Cry Wolf" of the Alpha and Omega series, frankly she did an excellent job there.

Also, please remember the age groups Patty is reaching out to with this series, you can have sensual without going overboard. Also perhaps more of this should wait since Adam and Mercy while mated are not yet engaged or married.

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Re: Sex
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2009, 08:07:41 pm »
I loved the scenes in these books. One of the things I love about Patty's writing is that she CAN write romance without being explicit. Graphic sex doesn't bother me as much as it use to, but I enjoy passing on books I liked to my sister, who really HATES explicit scenes. *shrug* It all comes down to taste, and there will always be some one shouting not enough, or too much!
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Re: Sex
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2009, 09:23:41 pm »
Well, I'm going to throw my 2 cents worth in now, after letting the initial question stew for a while, and a few other posts to help clarify the issue & my thoughts about it.


The sex scenes in the main, Mercy, series may be 'tentative', especially if compared against the work of others in the same field.

Um.  I don't know about any one else, but I would be tentative after I'd been raped, and I sure hope someone who considered me a life mate, moving into that position with me after that traumatic event, would also be careful, edging into it that way.

Let's look at the definition of the word.  "Tentative:  based on or consisting in trial or experiment made or done provisionally; experimental; empirical.
"Tentative: an essay; a trial, an experiment."


So yeah, it works for me!
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Re: Sex
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2009, 09:14:41 am »
I think it's a really interesting question, but I LIKE the "lack" of sex in the books. I was burnt out on "sex-overkill" with another UF author whose work I liked at first, but then started adding more and more sex until I was left wondering where the plot had gone.

I don't mind sex scenes, but I prefer them to be erotic rather than graphic, and I want them to do something for the story. I just kinda go "wha ... ?" when one is thrown in there randomly.

Besides that, Mercy is usually dealing with some serious issues in the books, so it's no wonder that her mind isn't on sex! Although, I could see sex being part of the plot if it were to relieve some of the tension the characters are under or as a simple reaction to surviving another threat to their lives or even "this might be the last time we touch one another" sex.

That said, I'm satisifed with the amount/descriptiveness of the sex in the Mercy books, although I know my opinion isn't shared by everyone.
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Re: Sex
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2009, 09:41:51 am »
It's shared by me, at least.  :) 
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Re: Sex
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2009, 09:53:22 am »
Me, too. I think the way sex is presented in this series is one of its plenty advantages.
And for a fact I know that my fiancee wouldn't like the books so much, if there'd be as much sex as say in the Sookie Stackhouse novels.


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Re: Sex
« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2009, 10:24:59 am »
I'm with Artemis, Ellyll and Pfefferminztee on this issue!
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Re: Sex
« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2009, 10:31:06 am »
I'll def add my name from the above.

And I think I know this sounds trite but the love scene was more about healing and helping Mercy getting back on track. The whole tone suggested that - she has been shattered physically and emotionally and its rebuilding herself and being stronger and Adam is definitely a part of that.
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