I posed this question a couple of days ago on my Facebook page, my thanks to Maggie Carpenter who gave me the idea.
So – I’m curious – do you want to hear it about it when the hero uses a condom, or do you prefer to think that that side of things has already been taken care of?
I agree that safe sex is important, but in the dark novels I write a condom is usually the last thing either the heroine or hero’s mind. I do tend to write about birth control, though. Women can’t go around having sex without condoms without expecting to get pregnant at some point.
For me, I’m kinda 50/50 on the subject. For new adult novels then I would say, yes, reaffirm the message wherever you can. If you’re writing for anyone above this age group, its probably not so important.
How to tackle the problem?
Some authors have suggested that you could write a forward in the book stating that all sex within the book is implied as safe sex, so the mention of condoms doesn’t take you out of the story. Others have suggested mentioning it once and then it can be assumed that the hero will continue to be a good guy (at least in that respect!).
I don’t want to hear about condoms when I’m reading. I’m a big girl and hearing rustling condom packets isn’t what I want in my fantasy/escapism reads. That’s just me.
What’s Your View?