Characters and Sex
May 14, 2012 4 Comments
One thing that drives any story forward is character motivation. Your Hero must want to do what he’s supposed to, or nothing gets done and the story might as well end right there. More importantly, the reader must believe your character wants to do his task, otherwise the entire thing comes off as forced and trust me, the reader will pick up on that.
We all know what motivators characters; good vs. evil, discovery, money (or is that just for writers) but what about sex? What if it’s the sole motivation? In most fantasy I’ve read (apart from erotica) sex is used to bring two characters closer, or the final act after pages of hot and heavy flirting and teasing. I don’t think I’ve read a story where sex was used as a means of motivation; either the character did what was necessary so he could have sex, or as a means of manipulation. Again, not outside of erotica
I’ve been toying with this idea for my side WIP, and wondering if this would be something to explore. The story itself is NOT a romance, so get that idea right out of your head (Darke can’t write romance, remember 😛 ), but I can write decent erotica. It would also bring in some conflict between the protag and the other characters in the story, as my MC would be the one being manipulated.
A part of me has wanted to write something hot and steamy for a while now; actually, ever since DATE NIGHT was published, to be exact. Could add a whole new dimension to my story. One problem, I’m afraid that if I write a story like this, then people will expect this kind of writing from me in the future, and right now, I don’t have too many stories where graphic sex scenes would fit.
I’m curious as to what you think about this?