|Isabella Scarupco |
Over the years, each new exciting Bond exploit featured a new exciting love interest (How the man could keep "loving and leaving" so many gorgeous women remains a mystery, but of course, a key characteristic of this particular hero.)
A movie to look for in November of 2017 will be the adaptation of Jason Matthews' thriller, Red Sparrow about a lovely young Russian woman forced to work in the post-Soviet Intelligence Service as a trained seductress. The novel includes many graphic descriptions of her "training" and subsequent use of these "talents" when prying information out of many dangerous and nefarious contacts. Jennifer Lawrence has been cast in this demanding role and I'm sure the reviewers will go nuts rushing to watch the film as soon as it becomes available.
What about women thriller writers? Do we include graphic scenes in our novels? I attended a panel discussion of a number of them at our recent conference and here are a few of their comments:
Meg Gardiner, the bestselling author of twelve thrillers: "I do include sex scenes, but the door closes before you read the details."
Heather Graham, bestselling author of over 200 books in many genres: "Some of the best sex scenes are described just in conversation."
Allison Brennan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over two dozen thrillers: "Women focus more on emotion at the time -- the interior struggle. Men focus more on the action of it -- the exterior struggle."
What about you? When you pick up a thriller, do you want to read a "detailed description" of the hero and heroine's bedroom (or wherever) scenes? Or would you rather not interrupt the action and simply close the door and move on? Please share your thoughts with a comment and check out the scenes I have written (yes I did write them) in the novels on www.karnabodman.com.