Have you noticed how often sex is used to sell a product? Consider the sexy book covers. Comic books are riddled with huge muscular men and fall to your knees sexy females. What about movies and TV shows? Some people consider it sexist, but it's not just females anymore. Now they use male as well as females sex symbols. Gyms are capitalizing from the new idealism. Everyone is now lifting weights, dieting, and joining all types of aerobics classes.
Don't get me wrong I believe in healthy living. I also think everyone should look as good as they desire. However, I do know there are limits we all should live by. Once we abuse those limits, in any direction, we damage our own bodies and break the laws of nature. Too much is still too much. But that is not what my blog is about.
Yesterday, I randomly asked this question on twitter and got a very good response. Actually, my question was; does sex sell, or does quality? The first response I got back said quality sex sells. The second explained saying sex sells but quality keeps them coming back. I want to thank all my twitter friends for a great laugh while having this conversation yesterday. For those of you who did not get in on that conversation, you have the opportunity to convey your thoughts on the subject here.
Is it going to far when you use sex to sell your books, comic books, movie scripts, or any other media? Now I'm not talking about erotica, although I entertained the idea for a few seconds. Those that write erotic novels do so not because they are an easy sell. They do so because they feel a passion for that type of writing. And correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't feel that erotic books are easier to sell than any other genre.
I write science fiction and let's face it; this genre does not make the best sellers list very often. But it's what I love to read, and therefore, write about. Here lies the question. Would a picture of planets, stars, or spaceships sell more than a beautiful female and muscular male on the cover? It may even capture the attention of people who like other genres. Ah… but would they be happy after reading it if they found no love scenes in the book? Okay… then put a love scene or two in the book. The fact is any story regardless if it's a thriller, adventure, sci-fi, family drama, murder mystery, or any other, will still need a love connection in it. I've seen movies where even androids or robots fall in love, or someone falls in love with them.
Should you use sex to sell your book? Give us your opinion.
And remember… Always stay in your write mind.