Thursday, October 04, 2007

BTT: Decorum (October 4, 2007)

This week's question

Do you have “issues” with too much profanity or overly explicit (ahem) “romantic” scenes in books? Or do you take them in stride? Have issues like these ever caused you to close a book? Or do you go looking for more exactly like them? (grin)

Why, in the beginning, I did feel uncomfortable reading something with four-letter words sprinkled all over, mainly due to my Christian background. But then, I started reading with an open mind and soon got used to such word usage in fiction. If it's too perfect, it's not real! Of course I still read wholesome books and all that, but what I'm saying is that I will not shun a book just because it has iffy elements. I do not make profanity my lifestyle even though I happened to read stuff like that.

As for "romantic" scenes, I think they're a necessary evil in a good love story. Haha. I think Nora Roberts does it tastefully. I have read somewhere that a certain breed of guys nowadays do read the romance genre to 'educate' themselves, to have a better understanding of us mysterious females, and to become better lovers. With knowledge comes power, so to speak.

In a nutshell, I like tasteful romance stories (not porn materials) and a four-letter word here and there won't make me gag. In this world, one must be willing to accept both good and bad and learn from them.

Happy BTT, everyone!

Book Quote:

"A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return."

— Salman Rushdie