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Old 01-20-2015, 04:35 AM   #1
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Sci-fi and fantasy, cheesy or elegant?

What do you think when you read a phrase like "Set phasers to orgasm?"

To me, a line like this would feel like it's making fun of my taste for eroticized sci-fi, rather than catering to it.

I'm sure some people enjoy that sort of thing though.

But, if for whatever reason you're trying out writing sci-fi/fantasy and have been told, or just know that it's coming off as cheesy, I have a suggestion.

Think about candles, handcuffs, and clothespins. These things aren't inherently sexual, but can be used erotically. Try to think of what types of magic or futuristic science your setting might have for more conventional uses, and then imagine those spells or tools being repurposed in a more exciting way.
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Old 01-20-2015, 05:08 AM   #2
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What do you think when you read a phrase like "Set phasers to orgasm?"

To me, a line like this would feel like it's making fun of my taste for eroticized sci-fi, rather than catering to it.

I'm sure some people enjoy that sort of thing though.

But, if for whatever reason you're trying out writing sci-fi/fantasy and have been told, or just know that it's coming off as cheesy, I have a suggestion.

Think about candles, handcuffs, and clothes-pins. These things aren't inherently sexual, but can be used erotically. Try to think of what types of magic or futuristic science your setting might have for more conventional uses, and then imagine those spells or tools being re-purposed in a more exciting way.
We are used to seeing a Phaser used in a particular way for a particular purpose.
If you want to have a tool to deliver, say, an orgasm, then surely a hand-held "Orgasmatron" such as found here.
Alternatively, you'll have to invent a new word for the thing.
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There's no right or wrong with erotica. Everything is going to turn someone on, while others will either be grossed out or completely indifferent.
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We are used to seeing a Phaser used in a particular way for a particular purpose.
If you want to have a tool to deliver, say, an orgasm, then surely a hand-held "Orgasmatron" such as found here.
Alternatively, you'll have to invent a new word for the thing.
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Old 01-20-2015, 12:09 PM   #6
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Didn't realize that my opening example technically fit my suggestion until it was pointed out.

Though in my mind a phaser just happening to have an "orgasm" setting does strike me as lacking in subtlety, so I suppose that's the key thing. An overt incantation like "boobicus expandicus" is another example.

So I guess what I'm actually saying is the genre is ruined for me if the writer gives magic or technology blatantly sexual designations.
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What do you think when you read a phrase like "Set phasers to orgasm?"

To me, a line like this would feel like it's making fun of my taste for eroticized sci-fi, rather than catering to it.

I'm sure some people enjoy that sort of thing though.
For me it would depend a great deal on the type of story. If they're going for some broad humor, stuff like that could be fun. Such as the Roman soldier Gluteus Maximus in Monty Python's Life of Brian.

If the story is more serious, then things like that would likely not go over so well.
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For me it would depend a great deal on the type of story. If they're going for some broad humor, stuff like that could be fun. Such as the Roman soldier Gluteus Maximus in Monty Python's Life of Brian.

If the story is more serious, then things like that would likely not go over so well.
My parody on Star Trek went over like a lead balloon in more ways than one. But it was fun to write.
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"He's DEAD, Jim! Cute, though..."

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"I dinna think the teledildonicolator can hold, Cap'n!"

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"Set your phasers to Orgasm."

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"Oh fuck, not the Fifty Shades Quadrant again!"

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Old 01-20-2015, 09:03 PM   #12
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I pretty much think that ever since Star Trek started to air, cheesy is the first thought of someone picking up Sci-Fi until proven otherwise.

Cheesy is popular, though, and can be fun.
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