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    Are books getting too graphic?

    I’ve been on my reading and writing binge for almost 18 months now. In this process I’ve read a lot of classics (say more than 25 years old), and am starting to get into more current stuff. The Game of Thrones series is one and another titled Norwegian Wood I’ve noticed are very graphic and matter of fact in their narratives when it comes to sex.

    I'm wondering- is this the new norm? Are books expected to have sexual themes that are so blatantly graphic? Not saying it bothers me, and granted, I’m not widely read in current fiction (under 5 current authors thus far) but...

    It does seem that the current trend of writing has embraced a more extensive degree of graphic sexuality. Thoughts on this? Am I a prude for noticing this at all? Or has anyone else noticed this shift in writing?

    I am naturally excluding genres like erotica here, as that would likely be expected to have a certain degree of...uh, explicitness. What’s the trend in other genres?
    Last edited by Jason; 05-14-2018 at 02:09 PM.
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    Read as many more of these books as I can - (minimum of another 25 roughly)
    Come up with a good book idea and actually write it!

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