Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday Meme

This week’s topic: Decorum

Do you have “issues� with too much profanity or overly explicit (ahem) “romantic� scenes in books? Or do you take them in stride? Have issues like these ever caused you to close a book? Or do you go looking for more exactly like them? (grin)

Well, I imagine that I’m going to be the fuddy duddy of the group today, with this meme. I do have issues with both books and movies that have too much profanity in them. Or explicit “romantic” scenes. Or graphic violence. I don’t choose to watch movies like that. In the last several years, I have really almost refused to go to the theater to see movies like that, and if we rent them, I really prefer that Tim watch them without me. That’s not how I choose to spend those two hours of my life. I’m the same way with books. I don’t like a lot of profanity or explicit stuff, either romantic or violent. I don’t choose to fill with my life with things like that. So, I tend to read cleaner books, “women’s fiction” that is not too descriptive, or Christian fiction. It just fits me a lot better. 🙂

Happy Reading!


  1. Yeah. I don’t mind a few swear words or an ambiguous romantic scene, but when they get too explicit, it gets really old really fast.


  2. There are times it forwards the plot, stays true to the character and his/her motivation and isn’t gratuitous… I can accept it then.

    But when it’s use for shock value or punctuation? Nope… you lose me.

    Happy BTT!


  3. I agree with a lot of your points. And you don’t sound like a fuddy duddy to me!


  4. I am with you- I think they used to throw all that stuff in for shock value, and now that they dull our senses they feel they need even more to shock people.

    The kids I teach don’t even know when they are using a bad word, since they hear it all the time. When I correct them they ask me what did they say wrong- and 3 minutes later they use the same word again- and they are amazed that they don’t realize. I am a stickler about not using bad lanuage in my pressence. So call me what you want- I am not going to change!


  5. I’m much the same way. I can handle a bit of it but too much really turns me off to the book or movie. I read a book recently, The Nanny Diaries, that had a bit too much in it. I finished the book but I wasn’t happy about it. I decided that next time, I’ll lay it down and move on to something else.


  6. I totally agree. I like how you said, “It’s not how I chose to spend those hours of my life.”


  7. I’m like you. I wish that books had ratings like movies. I rarely read anything other than Christian fiction because I never know what’s in the book until it’s too late. And this decision came out of experience. I’ve seen and heard way too much trash in movies and on TV, and it has affected me in a negative way. I had to set limits for myself.


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