Y is for Yucky Scenes

merriam-webster defines yucky as:

adjective \ˈyə-kē\

: causing discomfort, disgust, or a strong feeling of dislike : unpleasant and disgusting

: having an unpleasant feeling in your stomach : somewhat sick

What scenes in a book did you read and go: This is disgusting.

I think probably most books have a few scenes that are like that. They don’t make you dislike the whole book

But some stand out.

One I remember was one of the sexual scenes in A Companion to Wolves by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear. I don’t think the scene ever said and I don’t think the main character ever thought of it like that, but it felt like gang rape to me. (I think it was rape.) It’s just that characters were never portrayed as rapists and it caused me some cognitive dissonance.

Like: how could they even do that and be okay with themselves.

It was part of the book, it made sense in the book, but it was disturbing. But I enjoyed the book as a whole so . . . Sometimes I wonder if I should revisit and see if it is as disturbing as a I remember.

What yucky scenes stand out for you?

One thought on “Y is for Yucky Scenes

  1. Because I love when characters’ relationships are fleshed out thoroughly, I would have to say that most sexual scenes are “yucky” for me too; especially when they are written in such a lewd vulgar way!

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