Monday, April 26, 2010
Sex is funny
By: Lydia Dare
Sex is funny.
Oh, yes, it is. Admit it. It’s hilarious at times. Sure, it’s sweet, romantic, moving. Then there are those moments when you get a cramp in your thigh or in your big toe. Or there’s a noise no one would ever classify as romantic. Yes, those things happen. And they are funny. Maybe not in the moment, but afterward. Just thinking about it now makes me laugh.
Now that A Certain Wolfish Charm is on the shelves and my friends and family members have read the (dramatic whisper here) SEX SCENES, I do have to tell you that the funniest thing about sex is when people ask that fateful question. Yes, you know what it is. It happens more often than not, and I feel certain almost every romance writer has heard it.
“Where do you get the ideas for the hot parts?” Or “How much of THAT was based on your own experiences?”
Here’s one thing I know to be true -- My husband pats himself on the back when he has a friend at work tell him that his wife read the book and said it was HOT. Because there’s a bit of an implied meaning that he had something to do with it.
Now, that’s funny. lol
Even my sister brought it up the other day. “My boss wants to know how much of this was based on personal experience.”
“All of it, Dufus,” I replied with an eye roll.
A better response, now that I’ve had time to roll it around in my mind, would been – “Well… the last time I was claimed by a Lycan under the light of the full moon, I just had to get out my pen and paper and take some notes so I wouldn’t forget the event. Aren’t you glad I was prepared enough and had enough digits that weren’t busy to chronicle the event, saving it for future generations to read about?”
Mark Twain put a boy on a raft on a river with a man in one of his books. Yes, Mark Twain was a riverboat captain at one time, so he had been on a river before, but the actual story was fiction. (You’re seeing the parallel here, right?) It came from his imagination, just like stories evolve for any writer. I’d love to know if anyone asked Mark Twain how much of his fiction was based on his real life. “Did you ever wear a dress and disguise yourself as a girl, Mr. Clements?”
There’s a lot of life that goes into a novel. And every life has those moments that are so absurd you just have to laugh. The best humor can be found in the most classic, most lifelike moments, those moments that mimic what most of us consider to be normal, everyday life.
Sex is funny. People’s reaction to sex is funny. Having sex is funny, if you do it right. And even funnier if you do it wrong.