Saturday @ Starbucks is a weekly feature hosted by Starbucks & Books Obsession.
This week's topic is:
Books & Sex with a Summer Berry Croissant
Starbucks of the Week: Summer Berry Croissant
Seriously, if you haven't tried the summer berry croissant, go to Starbucks right now and get one. It is a seasonal offering, much like my beloved pumpkin spice latte, and will only be available for a short time. It is so delicious and decent in the calorie department. Look at this picture, you know you want one.
Also, it is still treat receipt time at Starbucks so go in early get your daily latte and then go back after 2:00 pm and get any grande for $2.00!
Book Topic of the Week: Books & Sex
For those who frequent my little bookish corner here, you probably know by now that I am a new adult fiend and that I read a lot of it. I also really enjoy more mature adult novels too. I have been reading the Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day this week and the topic of sex in books was on my mind and I thought it would make a good discussion topic this week. I'm 28 and not shy to the topic of sex and I actually like it in a book, when it's appropriate of course.
How sex is incorporated into a book and whether or not it's appropriate depends on the genre for me. When I read an adult or new adult book, I generally expect sex to be at least implied, if not explored more thoroughly. General, these types of book don't just imply sex, they describe sexual situations between the characters. Aside from making me blush a little, because let's face it, I'm an easy blusher, this doesn't bother me. I also expect it when I read books in these genres and I'm not surprised by the content. Maybe a little flushed if I'm reading it at the gym (the idea that someone might know what I'm reading instantly reddens my cheeks), but never surprised.
When it's a contemporary romance, I think it can go either way. Sex can either be implied or described and it doesn't matter and I'm not surprised one way or the other. When I'm reading young adult or young adult contemporary, I usually expect sex to only be implied if it is discussed at all. I know some people don't feel like sex should be a topic in YA at all and I can understand that. It doesn't bother me because I'm not naive and I was a young adult once myself so I know how it is when you are 17 or 18. It think that when sex is implied in this genre, it is realistic to life and young adults. Because young adults read these books, I would definitely not expect sex to be described or discussed like it is in an adult novel. If I read a sex scene like the ones in the Crossfire novels in a young adult book, I would be pretty shocked.
I think sex and how explicitly is it is included in a book depends on the genre and the authors intended audience. Some people, even adults, prefer to read clean books with no dirty language or sexual content while some readers, such as myself, are indifferent and not bothered by it. I can read a new adult or adult book full of sexual content and language one day and read a young adult book full of clean content the next day. The greatest thing about the reading and blogging community is the diversity of reader preferences.
What about you? Do you like sex in a book or do you prefer a cleaner read? Or are you indifferent to the topic and can take it or leave it? I'd love to hear your opinions on the topic!