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Bloody lips.

You know what's just gnawing at me?

This phrase:

"He bit his lover's lip hard enough to draw blood."

And others to that effect.

Is that supposed to be sexy? Creative? Artistic?

It's none of those. If anything, it's clichéd (therefore boring), unrealistic (therefore pointless in most kissing and sex scenes), and just plain silly. Especially when it's followed up by something like, "It stung a bit at first, but as his lover licked at the wound the pain turned into pleasure."

What the hell are they---puppies?

I think it's safe to say that most people don't get off on feeling (physical) pain. I think it's safe to say that most fictional characters are included.

So why is this so common? I will tell you. Because a few people thought it was neat when Someone Unknown first used the phrase at the Dawn of Fandom; they copied it, and then people started copying them, and so fourth. Now it's commonplace. A throwaway line. A space-waster. Neither imaginative nor useful. I cringe if I come across any variant.

I also dislike it when applied to one person. For example, if Harry is being derided by Snape on a particularly bad day, he may bite his own lip in annoyance or frustration. Many times, an author will write that he bites to the point of blood trickling down his lip. The common reaction is for Harry to lick the blood away, without acknowledging his pain. Tell me, how is this so? Don't you react when you stub your toe, prick your finger, or have a run-in with the family cat's little claws? Not to mention pressing your blunt tooth through the sensitive flesh of your lip!

Not to say pain is out of the question, you crazy kids. But surely you can think of some other painful, sexual act to amuse yourself with? What about fisting? There should be more fisting in fandom. :)

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Ow! I'm a lip-biter (my own, when stressed), but I never bite hard enough to bleed. I get a gross welt on the inside of my lip that is about as unsexy as it sounds. When I have accidentally bitten my tongue or cheek hard enough to bleed, it hurts like a mo-fo.

There are other places where biting hard (though to the point of blood? I dunno about that...) is a much more attractive prospect. The shoulder... the thigh... muscley places, y'know? *g*

I do this too, to myself, but it's a nervous reaction sort of thing that I always stop doing as soon as I realize I'm doing it. I guess it's equivalent to nail biting. I can't think of anything LESS sexy than lip biting. But of course, to each his own.

I too have always *hated* finding these lip biting/bleeding scenes in fanfic. They make me shudder. Obviously either the people writing them have no concept of what lip biting feels like, or else they've got no concept of what "sexy" means.

And I've never once seen anyone walking around with a bloody lip after being kissed. Nor has anyone ever attempted to bite my lip while kissing. If they did, they'd probably experience my knee to their groin, fast and hard.

As for fanfic sexual cliches, and there are so many -- this is definitely one of them. It always occurs to me that in over 50% of the cases, the sex cliches occur because so many of the writers are young/sexually inexperienced, and they base their sex scenes on what they've read, rather than on what they've experienced.

Ooh, I meant to say, surfed in from the Daily Snitch

As for fanfic sexual cliches, and there are so many -- this is definitely one of them. It always occurs to me that in over 50% of the cases, the sex cliches occur because so many of the writers are young/sexually inexperienced, and they base their sex scenes on what they've read, rather than on what they've experienced.

Agreed. I recall my own first sex scene, which I wrote at age fifteen; it wasn't terrible, and had a very close resemblance to real!sex, but I did draw many of my facts from other fics that I had read.

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