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Acadia was reading hilarious badfic one-liners to me last night and though I don't remember the line, it started a semi-serious conversation about screaming orgasms. I don't know about you, but screaming orgasms aren't a regular thing, in my experience. Shouting? Much more likely. Keening? Hell yeah. Screaming? Not so much.

Unless we're talking about edging. In which case, SO HOT OMFG. Also, makes sense, right? Thus appropriate.

Okay, so I don't want to dictate what words people can and can't use to describe fictional orgasms, but the use of "screaming" seems to have really lost its meaning.

Does the (over-)use of screaming to describe an orgasm throw you out of a story as much as it does me? Why do you think people use that particular word? Is it because of the unrealistic depiction of sex in the majority of porn? Any other thoughts? I'm curious now.

Date: 2013-01-29 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inbredchocobo.livejournal.com
Maybe those writers are getting so distacted by what they're describing that they don't stop to think about a more appropriate adjective? Could also be as simple as "too lazy to revise".

Date: 2013-01-29 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] antheia.livejournal.com
I know it's pretty common to describe someone as a "screamer" (*cough*it's been applied to me*cough*), so that may be where it comes from.

Date: 2013-01-29 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] antheia.livejournal.com
It's probably down to what you consider a scream, then. Which can be very subjective.

Date: 2013-01-29 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wldcatsprstr-14.livejournal.com
Not really. I have screaming orgasms most of the time LOL.

'Keening,' on the other hand...all I can think of is puppies whenever anyone uses that word. Or wounded animals.

Date: 2013-01-30 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] honeymull.livejournal.com
I'm with you - screaming in orgasms throws me straight out of porn. I'm okay with "cried out" (although, even that I narrow my eyes at if it's m/m sex, since it implies a higher pitch, to me), but even words like "shouted" or "yelled" bug me, since I associate those as verbal noises. As in, a nonverbal shout is a super weird concept to my brain, so it seems out of place without accompanying dialogue in the scene.

I honestly almost always assume it's just lazy writing/lack of creativity. I tend to not come across it much anymore since the rest of the fic tends to be give away the game before I hit orgasm time, and I've back-tabbed out already. :D

Date: 2013-01-30 01:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sneaqui.livejournal.com
To me, screaming implies fear. Shouting or yelling or keening (good choice!) or wailing all make sense to me as things that one would do during sex. But screaming makes me think of OH GOD THERE'S A SPIDER IN THE BED KILL IT KILL IT!!

But I'm mostly thinking of sex scenes in which someone is not portrayed as being particularly noisy and then all of a sudden they have an orgasm and start screaming. I think it would make sense however if there were some context for said orgasmic screaming. For example: "Eames would never have pegged Arthur for a screamer."... and then lots of loud sex happens. :3

Date: 2013-02-02 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maschalismos.livejournal.com
Unless we're talking about edging. In which case, SO HOT OMFG. Also, makes sense, right? Thus appropriate.

And this right here is exactly what I was going to comment with before I saw you'd already written it.

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