Surprise, surprise! We’re actually going to talk about something that usually stays in the drawer…CONDOMS! Specifically, how protection is worked into contemporary romance novels, and if that is working for you…
Nothing pulls me faster from a story than a couple who don’t pause to consider protection. I know some authors don’t like to have to break the flow of their scene to include this necessary step, some even say it’s like talking about bathroom happenings, but really, how had is it to say ‘he protected them’?
Actually, I know as a genre we need some level of unprotected sex, otherwise all those secret babies wouldn’t be. But I think it is an element of realism we need to role model to women. Yes, it can break the mood, but not as much as a STD or screaming newborn.
I don’t think authors should make sure condoms are in their story to be politically correct, instead it is a level of realism. It’s okay for your story to be a romantic fantasy, but not to leave the reality of your characters all together.
And why would you want to leave condoms out, anyway? Make it part of the action of your scene, a topic of conversation before and after. Have fun with it, just like your heroine would in reality. After all, if we can describe orgasms, condoms are no big deal, and they can be great fun!
Fun with condoms? Yes! I’ve thought of a condom eating drawer (explained by a greedy roommate), the multi-pack has a lot of potential, so do some of the specialty brands...
What are your thoughts on condoms in your contemporary romance novels? Who is working safe sex into their story in a fresh, new way?
XOXO - Jenna
Jenna wants to point out that if you don't care to read about condoms, read stories that close the bedroom door, don't include sex, or historicals!
To find out more, you can visit her website, blog, or reading group, We Call It Research!