Creating Two New Novels. Writing One Chapter Weekly. Podcasting As I Go. Welcome to The Experiment.
I started writing chapter 6 tonight and came across a dilemma: writing a sex scene between teenagers.
For those of you who have been following the experiment you know that, Enough for Four, is not a YA novel, but there are three teenagers in it and they are a subplot to the story. Sarah and Emmanuelle, ages 16 and Nate, age 17.
MTV has taught me that not only do teenagers have sex, they also get pregnant. That’s real life and art is a reflection of life. These three, while good kids, aren’t exactly waiting until marriage before giving it up. I don’t agree with their decisions, but who am I other than the author?
My dilemma is that I don’t know if sex is ever featured in YA. The most recent YA book I’ve read was, The Hunger Games, and we know that was void of sex.
I’ve chosen to treat sex between these teenagers like a PG-13 movie: they kiss and then fade to black. That is my personal comfort level and I doubt it’ll change anytime soon.
But what about those of you out there who are readers of YA? Is it “normal” to have sex involved in the storyline? If so, to what extent? How do you view it? A quick poll is below, but I would love your comments on this one!