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September 17, 2006


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As the author of many a pleasantly diverting PWP...sadly, frequently *with* plot and characterization, I have to agree. I like even my porn to have beginnings, middles and ends.

It absolutely enrages me when I read an author who is allowed to get away with mealy-mouthed and half-formed endings, because they were too lazy to do their work properly. (coughNealStephensoncough) It can really leave a bad taste in your mouth if a good novel is tanked by a weak ending.

The path to good endings have so many pitfalls, it's easy enough to get trapped. My personal problem is that I frequently am so enamored of my characters (original or "borrowed") that I can't quite bring myself to turn the TV off, if you will. :-)

But while we're on PWPs, let me indulge in a semi-related rant about Alan Moore and his so-called "intelligent porn." It is certainly porn, in the sense that the women enact a variety of trysts for the pleasure, not of themselves, but of their viewing audience. (This is *MY* definition of porn. I ask no one else use it, but when characters are into each other for the sake of each other and the viewing/reading audience need not apply at the door, I call that erotica. I find it far superior to stories constructed with the implicit/explicit understanding that the wanker in the corner is the real star.)

Mr. Moore has posited than no one has EVER written intelligent porn - i.e., porn written for wankers with glasses and advanced degrees - ever before! Can you BELIEVE it? Well, as you and I know perfectly well (and have written perfectly well,) many a PWP is damn intelligent and funny - and often sexier than anything the misogynist Mr. Moore will ever dream up.

If anyone wants to read *my* idea of PWPs, they are welcome to do so at my website: http://www.worldshaking.net

Intelligent readers only, please. ;-)



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