Re: [mythsoc] Lizzie & Ernest
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From: "Gina Vick" <gmvick1@...>
Sent: Thursday, February 27, 2003 8:14 AM
Subject: [mythsoc] Lizzie & Ernest
> There's the problem. Most -- well many -- women (I don't want to speak for
all womankind) are more discriminate than the Hollywood cliche, DON'T think
with their loins first, and actually have a range of emotional responses to
sex. Which Kay doesn't convince me he understands. I think what we're seeing
is the way he'd like women to be.
The scene that really creeped me out, especially in retrospect, was where
Dianora pacifies her overwrought brother by taking him to bed and having sex
with him. I mean, what the &@#$! Considering that later in the story she,
having sworn vengeance on Brandin, settles comfortably with only the
occasional twinge of regret into life as his concubine, I wonder just what
was going through Kay's head when he created the character of Dianora.
> For clarification the sex scenes in Fionavar aren't graphic, but are
frequent. So I probably overstated the Harlequin properties. They don't
titillate me though.
I've never read any Harlequin romances (I did borrow one from an
acquaintance once, just for the heck of it, but returned it unread), so I
don't know how graphic they get. Many years ago, though, I attended a
lecture given by a writer who had occasionally been compelled to write such
romances "from hunger", and she gave us a hilarious list of some of the
standard euphemisms for sexual anatomy, especially for the _membrum virile_.
(Kay takes the cake for using the word "tumescence", though.)
Two of the sex scenes in _Tigana_ are fairly graphic, and one of them, a
good two pages as I remember, dabbles in a bit of desultory S&M, in which
the young man, as is _de rigueur_ in this sort of thing, discovers that he
likes to be tied up.