Dear Publishers, (Especially publishers of erotic fiction and m/ m romance)
I have to tell you this. It’s driving me crazy. In looking for new books to read, I read a lot of book descriptions. In those descriptions, I have come across an unnecessary word usage. I am talking, of course, about the word…
Yup, nekkid. Really. As in: “hot nekkid action”, “two handsome, nekkid cowboys”, etc. It’s in the Urban Dictionary, but it’s not a word. This goes for the word nekked too. What’s wrong with naked?
Nekkid also gets used way too often in the disclaimer section for erotic fiction, i.e.: Warning – This book contains one zany postman and his adorable mutt, one hot cop in handcuffs, one brainy buxom bartender, hot nekkid action in a candy shop, spanking, anal sex, and sex in a squad car. (I just made that up, but it’s not too far off from some of the disclaimers I’ve read).
Look, I have no problem with a character using the word nekkid in a sentence, if it’s something that would be appropriate for a character to say, but it’s not going to get me to read a book. It makes me feel dumber just reading it. Just say naked. I am all for reading about people tearing their clothes off for some naked fun.
P.S. Does anyone else have an opinion on this? Is there a time or a specific genre, in which you think it’s okay to include the word nekkid in the book description or disclaimer?