My guest post at Circlet Press

  • Posted on: 7 October 2010
  • By: MeiLin

Hey folks, I've got a guest post up at Circlet Press's blog. The topic: Fictional Sex Among Fictional Teenagers>:

When I started writing, I thought “An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom” was strictly erotica (it’s gotten way, way out of hand since then), and so I joined an erotica group. I made the mistake of telling them my hero was under eighteen. I was promptly drummed out of the group as a pedophile.

Let me repeat that: I was classed as a pedophile because I depicted a fictional sixteen-year-old having fictional sex. Not that I was having sex with a real sixteen-year-old (I’m nearly fifty–ewww), but that I was writing about a fictional sixteen-year-old having fictional sex with fictional people close to his own age. Unless you count omnipotent, ageless beings.

I myself have never had sex with a real sixteen-year-old, not even when I was sixteen, and consider myself lucky. Most men can tell you what they knew about making love to a woman at age sixteen and it’s essentially…*crickets*



Pikachu42's picture


you inspire me to write....if it wasn't for my obsession with perfection booth books would be done by now.

Zandu Ink's picture


Or is there more to it on their site? Because it's really good and I'd kinda like to finish this train of thought.

What you've given us here is tantamount to half a BJ...

MeiLin's picture

Most High

That's a tack I'd rather not pursue.

Yes, the article continues at Circlet Press.

Zandu Ink's picture


Would those forumites that rallied against you have done so if, instead of a well thought out and logical reason for a fictional character to be under age and having sex, you were instead writing a nonfiction account of your underage life in the seedy underbelly of Portland? I realize you don't have one, mind you, but as an example.

Why the double standard? Or, as you put it, the non-standardized standard. Why do non-fiction writers get praise for their works, even if they cross the line with taboo subjects (not just sex but race, religion, and orientation as well), but fiction is deemed smut or borderline illegal for the same subject material? Then you have the "faction" works, those like Law & Order, neither true stories, but not quite made up either. Every other episode is controversial, bit since it's "ripped from the headlines," it's tolerated, if not accepted.

One of these days, I'd like the world to make sense...

ETA: Fixed a few word "corrections.". Thanks, Mr Jobs. I'm glad you type words better than me...

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