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Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:42 pm
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Tenyo says...

I got this idea from DA and wondered how it would be applied to writing.

The discussion was regarding Nude Art, and where you draw the line between art and pornography. There were some intresting responses.

I was wondering the same thing about literature. I've read novels with brilliant descriptions of sex scenes without even mentioning the human anatomy, and I've read he-did-she-dids which read more like an instruction manual.

So, where do you draw the line between romance and fan-service / erotic-fiction?
Does the quality of the writing matter? (Assuming that a better writer would be able to make it more tasteful.)

Discuss! But keep it non-graphic.
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Pigeon says...

I think that the purpose of art is to express emotions and perspectives, etc. So if it is meaningful and expresses something, then it is art, but if it is crude and gratuitous, it probably doesn't qualify. If the entire purpose of it is simply to have a sex scene, then I wouldn't class it as art. But art can still be sexy. :) It just has to be done right.

I would say that, yes, the quality of the writing matters. The quality of the writing always matters, no matter what the content is.
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