The book I am writing is for young adults. For a while I struggled with the decision on whether or not to include sex in it. The boom of books such as 50 Shades and the Crossfire novels has meant that more and more people are enjoying books with a high volume of sexual content in them. I like a bit of smut, I have read all of those books I have just mentioned. But those are not YA books and while it would be easy to jump on the erotica novel bandwagon it would not be suitable.
But there are many YA books that do include sex. Judy Blume tackled the subject beautifully in ‘Forever’ but what books include what was really neither here nor there. The question was, did I want to include sex. Would it contribute to my book in any way? I decided, not really.
I have nothing against light sexual content in YA books. Teenagers know more than we like to believe they do. But I didn’t think it had a place in my book. I refer to it but I do not go into any detail and that, to me, seemed the right way to go about it for my particular book.
I guess we have to ask ourselves, will it enrich our book in any way if we include it? If you’re writing a coming of age then it will probably need to be broached in some way but if you are writing another genre aimed at young adults then I guess there is really no need to go into any great detail.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this.