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    The sensual value of non-humans

    Discussion in 'Erotica' started by Wreybies, Jun 15, 2014.

    I am working on a scene now where the two ships in my story are showing the two protags in my story a simulation of the world they come from. The simulations they are able to create go beyond any Enterprise holodeck. The bond each ship has with each of the two fellahs, each to his respective ship, is one born of a different species, the species that built these ships and made them into sentient, living things.

    During the simulation, and in other scenes that become more central to the plot line, the two humans experience their environment as one of the members of the ancient species that is now long extinct. There are times when sensuality and sexuality are experienced within these skins, so to speak. And they're not just wearing the skins of the aliens like costumes or cos-play. They are made to feel and think in ways and know these bodies as perfectly natural and very much their own.

    How much sensual value would there be for you in a scene where the actors are not portrayed and do not experience sensuality and sexuality as humans do? Would it matter to you if the body parts in play aren't the ones you know when you look down at yourself or across to your human partner? What would need to be there for you to appreciate sensuality told in this way without it crossing into Ew! Weird! They're doing what with their whats? What even is that? Stop it! Stop it now!

    The scene I'm writing feels sexy to me. It feels enjoyable. To me. I'm left to wonder if this would/could translate to a reader.
     
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    I think there would have to be some form of similarity to humans for me to feel any connection, and anything stretched further than that strays dangerously into uncharted weirdness. If I tried to put myself in the mind of a dog giving a rodgering to another dog, for example, I can only appreciate the business-like nature of the transaction. If you ever look at a dog or a gorilla's face while they are having sex, they have this priceless neutral expression on their faces. Me watching them is exactly the same. I don't get any enjoyment out of it, other than out of scientific curiosity.

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    Absolutely. Some of us get excited by just about anything. Plus, you can always add in one human element, like the addition of human like sounds or something.
     
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    Smells, sights, sounds, sensations, feelings, even emotions can be translated. Just because the plumbing is different doesn't mean the process really has to be. If it's working in your head, then write it. The reader will figure it out as they go along, as long as there is a point of reference. It doesn't have to be a physical detail, it can be the emotional ones that make this scene work best for us 'normal' human peoples.
     
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    This.

    Emotional connection is SO much more important than just describing the physical details. A healthy balance of both is what makes for the hottest erotic scenes. I recently wrote a sex scene where most of the foreplay was described, but when it actually came to the sex, I backed off on the details. A lot. And I let the connection between the two characters put the images in the reader's head. It's a love scene more than a sex scene, but one reader in particular described it as both emotional and sexy, which is exactly what I was going for.
     
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    And this is what I am praying is the general take on the matter because I'm enjoying the scene muchly. I'm enjoying describing the flirting and coquetting and that part is human enough because regardless of how one flirts or goes about coquetting, the purpose is in the definition. Enticement and play, allusions to promised intimacy.
     
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    As someone who... well, has rather heavy interest in erotica involving creatures radically different than humans, than yeah, I hope this kind of thing can work. From the sound of things though, yeah, its all about the emotion and such, then that should solve a lot of your problems, to say the least.
     
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    I think there does need to some similarity to sex-as-we-know-it, but that doesn't necessarily need to be physical similarities, this isn't porn where we are just watching the act, it is erotica where we are inside their head. If the character enjoys the experience, then if it is well enough written, so will we.
     

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