Generally normal sex scenes have some sort of a guideline in books, unless you're writing more intense erotica and then that's out the window. Ultimately, the standard isn't too graphic - you're not going to read ten pages of sex in most books. Oftentimes I've found sex is sort of presented 2nd hand or left unspoken. As in chapter N closes with the potential and Chapter O opens with the aftermath. Now I have been toying with this book [no, not related to the post I made last night about characters] for a while, rolling thoughts and themes around for a bit. And almost always I end up wanting a rape scene very close to the intro of the book. My question is, just how graphic can you make a rape scene without making it overbroad. And how do you make a rape scene without cliché(ing) the rest of the book. Example let's say wife raped, husband wants revenge would be cliché.