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#1 Blueberry Tide

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 07:02 PM

So, in this novel I've been working on for awhile now, there's some sex. No explicit sex, but it's not vague. It's obvious what's happening. Here's my question - this novel is also kind of YA (protagonist is 18). Is this a no-no? Or does it matter? I mean, it's not erotic kind of sex. I've never read YA with sex, so I'm not sure. 

 

I've been mulling over aging my protagonist by a few years to eliminate this problem all together. The story wouldn't matter that much between 18 and 22. Still, thoughts?



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 07:15 PM

There is sex in some YA books. Not explicit, but still obvious. And, at 18, your character is at the far end of YA anyway.

I think you're probably fine.



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Posted 01 March 2017 - 09:53 AM

I think it will probably depend more on your story and how the scenes are written, but I've read YA with sex before.



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Posted 01 March 2017 - 11:18 AM

I think that as long as you're subtle with it, your typical YA reader will accept it.



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Posted 01 March 2017 - 06:12 PM

Thanks, team!



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Posted 01 March 2017 - 11:18 PM

My book that's coming out has a fairly detailed sex scene. It's not smut/porn, it's vague enough, but it's also hint hint-hint-wink-wink. 

 

I've read some pretty hot and heavy YA sex scenes. I think so long as it's not pornographic, you can push the envelope. 


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Posted 02 March 2017 - 05:38 PM

I'm all about pushing envelopes! (No I'm not, that's a lie.) But yeah, it's nothing smutty, but it's specific enough that there's no doubt as to what is actually happening. 



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 06:34 PM

I'm sure that's fine.  :cool:


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Posted 18 March 2017 - 02:04 PM

Oh trust me, we get away with a lot of things in YA these days  :tongue:

 

As long as it's not written in a style that's more appropriate for erotica (or eroticizing something that's actually an assault) then no, it's fine. You're still firmly in YA land.


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Posted 25 March 2017 - 10:58 AM

I'd agree with everyone above. A lot of YA deal with themes of this nature. As long as you don't go into detailed descriptions of whats happening, just enough to ensure there is no doubt... I'd say your safe! It would be different if your protagonist was under age though lol.



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Posted 27 March 2017 - 01:58 AM

Oh trust me, we get away with a lot of things in YA these days  :tongue:

 

As long as it's not written in a style that's more appropriate for erotica (or eroticizing something that's actually an assault) then no, it's fine. You're still firmly in YA land.

 

Omg it's Mindy. I LOVED FEMALE OF THE SPECIES. Okay bye. /fangirling 


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Posted 29 March 2017 - 05:30 AM

I'm sure that's fine.  :cool:

Hahaha. I like you already :)



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Posted 02 April 2017 - 10:51 PM

Omg it's Mindy. I LOVED FEMALE OF THE SPECIES. Okay bye. /fangirling 

 

lol - yeah it's me :) (thank you!)


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