It's time for the Bad Sex Awards again; you can read passages from the winning author over at The Guardian.
I'm wondering whose point of view the episodes are written from and thinking that they might be entirely appropriate in context. Guterson was lambasted for his use of coy phrases even though within the book he explains that
(those were the quaint, prudish terms of her girlhood)It's such a matter of individual judgement and taste. I wonder if the awards put authors off from writing about sex because it's difficult enough anyway, without someone looking in judgement over your shoulder as you type.
There's always the worry that readers will think that what you're describing is your own experience. I'm reminded of Rachel in Friends who suggests toes as an erogenous zone and then backtracks with, "For some people" and fools no one.
So I can't decide if the Bad Sex Awards are just a bit of fun, or harmful to writing. What do you think?