This started as a comment on a post in princessofg's journal. I thought it was worth expanding on here.
In my story series Canadian Nights, Scott wants to tell Logan a story about something that happened to him a long time ago. "It's not a happy story," he says, "but it's got sex and violence in it - two of your favorite things." Logan laughs at that.
I think for a lot of writers and readers, sex and violence are two favorite things. Some avoid one and relish the other. Some love both. I remember when I started writing slash, or rather, a little bit later, when I told my then 13-year-old son that I was writing X-Men fanfic, he asked me "Do you write action scenes?" I was momentarily unsure of how to answer, although the snarky response, "Yes, but not the kind of action you're thinking about, kid" went through my brain.
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So... when do you write sex and violence? Do you use the same principles for deciding when to write it explicitly and when to gloss over? Do you think they have anything in common? Please, let me know.