I’ve noticed a lot of YA book have started to include sex scenes, which is perfectly fine. They are important because… well, they’re realistic: teens have sex, that’s life. There’s nothing wrong with it. And I’m super happy that publishers have finally relaxed enough to allow those scenes in YA books in the first place!!
But just with anything that happens within a novel, it has to have a point. Novels generally don’t have time for extra plot happenings. It’s just a general rule of writing: everything you include in your book must move the story and the plot forward (this is a little different for fanfiction and other work like which is generally wish-fulfilment, where anything goes and there are no rules).
I want to make it perfectly clear that I’m not against sex scenes or YA novels having sex scenes. What I noticed, however, is that a lot of these sex scenes, don’t really have a point. They read the same awkward way unnecessary sex and make-out scenes appear in tv shows and movies. As if they’re included just to show it’s happened and look they’re a real couple now!
I know stuff like that happens, you know, the heat of the moment. But authors, please don’t include sexy scenes unless they actually serve a function towards the plot. Whether it’s contemporary novel where teens explore their sexualities and love for the first time or a dystopia where they’re running for their lives and just want to feel something in case there’s no tomorrow.
Please don’t feel like you have to include anything extra in your books - like underage drinking or sex - just because that’s the ‘current’ trend. Also, please remember that you are an adult writing sexual scenes between and for teenagers. That’s already a bit of yick factor without it also ‘seeming’ totally unnecessarily within the plot.
Once again, I have nothing against sex scenes or YA books containing them. I would just like them to make sense within the plot.