Why Is There So, So, So So, So, So, So, So Much Sex In Conan?
Posted 04 January 2007 - 05:12 AM
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Posted 04 January 2007 - 11:07 PM
The main problem with sex scenes is that it's really hard to write them well. I had an editor once tell me to give him as few words as possible about a rodeo I was covering and let the pix do the talking. His point was "It's about the riding, not the writing." Same applies to sex scenes (and I'll just let that bad pun hang there with a sheepish expression on its face).
Actually writing about the act breaks all the erotic tension and I think you have to be gifted in a particular way to make it come off (not again
!) in an erotic as opposed to pornographic way. It's like describing music. It's really hard to do and almost always falls short of the mark.
Posted 05 January 2007 - 12:20 AM
Posted 05 January 2007 - 01:16 PM
You have great imagination, LordZamora
"Jewels of Gwahlur" by Robert E Howard
I've had me more dirty women than most men ever had
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Posted 27 January 2007 - 12:06 AM
Howard was a writer honing his craft, yes...but, he also had to SELL the stories. As we can see by the lurid covers on the period Weird Tales, sometimes the covers had very little to do with the fiction inside, but those naked women [sometimes 2 or 3] SOLD those magazines.
I see nothing wrong with sex in adventure/conan fiction. I think we need to differientiate between ROMANCE and SEX. Most men don't like to read romance. The gushy kissy face stuff isn't appealing to them. Most women DO want romance. They want a slow lead up to a romantic encounter..not the conquest that men find appealing.
I detest romance in fiction, but I like more male-oriented adventure. I'm just programmed that way. I think the only romances Conan was involved in were with Valeria and Zenobia. The rest were conquests.
So, too much sex? Naw. Howard probably could have put in a little more... but maybe his sexual experiences weren't much to draw on? I tend to think that he wasn't exactly the lady's man.
Posted 27 January 2007 - 07:57 PM
There's also the ugly incident ( though I don't recall 'all' of the exact details offhand ) - when his 2 buddies were going to have one of their girlfriends flirt with Howard to see if he would remain a gentleman . He got word of the scurvy prank first & they didn't know , so he beat them to the punchline & made a pass at the girl first & ended up making out with her in the backseat while they all drove around . Or at least getting a smooch or 2 & doing some cuddling . But those were different days so making out in a car , or in front of other people was pract. unheard of & not like 'making out ' would be defined nowadays . & that's with a 'presumably' decent girl , not some south of the border senorita selling touch . Anyhow there was a bit of an ugly arguement or harsh feelings afterwards & Howard felt bad for acting that way with the girl he knew his friend really cared for , he wrote some sincere apology letters & stuff later .
I get the strong impression he regarded chasing skirt just like any other guy - but as far as sweet-heart lovey-dovey stuff , he seemed reserved , or at least not pre-occupied with the idea of love & marriage . Mark Finn had some stuff about all of that in Blood & Thunder that I just glanced at . He's got a lot of info in that book that I don't recall reading about before & I have all the biographies & stuff , so I'd dare say mr. Finn did a 'lot' of digging & research , & he is now 'THE' Howard expert . So far I only finished the first couple dozen or so pages though & skimmed over a little here & there , so I don't know about all of Howards love-life except for whatever small details were common knowledge among fans already , or if there's any more of it even mentioned in the book .
& As far as sex in his stories - here's a 'really' strange one , - how about in Scarlet Citadel the wizard trapped in the dungeon with his soul-sucking lover-plant ?!? CREEPY !!! - Definitely lived up to the name 'Weird Tale' !!
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