Are Porn Scripts Really Written on Napkins?

by Cecie Sinclair
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I began watching porn during the video boom of the early ‘80s.  There was an adult video store in a nearby suburb that rented bootleg copies of every porn movie they could get their hands on.  The quality was pretty bad but through them, I was exposed to the classics like Behind the Green Door, Deep Throat, and The Devil in Miss Jones, along with a lot of crap that turned out to be little more than sixty minutes of people screwing.  The storyteller in me couldn’t help but wonder what porn would be like if it actually had a coherent story.

Then I saw Conquest.

That movie inspired me to write my own porn script.  I didn’t use the elaborate settings found in Conquest.  Instead, I wrote a contemporary abduction story about a heroine who is kidnapped, brainwashed (sort of), and made to perform the obligatory sex acts found in all porn.  At the end, she overcomes the brainwashing, defeats her kidnappers, and escapes.

Hmm.  Could make for an interesting erotica story.

Anyway, I wrote the script for fun, knowing full well it would never sell.  Why?  Because I read somewhere that porn rarely, as in never, is fully scripted.  Instead, the stories are outlined and written on restaurant napkins during studio luncheons.  Looking back at the quality of most porn, I can believe it.

If I remember correctly, the reason behind this was two-fold.  One, most porn movies are pretty standard in structure: set the scene, introduce the characters, and get down to the sex.  No time for elaborate setup, story arcs, or conclusions.

Which leads into reason two: No one watches porn for the acting and they sure as hell don’t watch it for an intriguing story.

Okay, I can’t argue with that.  When I started watching porn quality storytelling was not high on my list of reasons to watch.   But as the years grew on and porn pretty much stayed the same, I became bored and moved on.

I haven’t watched a professionally made porn movie in over ten years.  By professional, I mean movies made by studios like Vivid or Wicked.  They don’t hold my interest anymore.  I would rather read good erotica and leave the details to my imagination than watch a bunch of people screwing for the hundredth time.  It’s just no longer my cup of tea.

And when an up and coming erotica writer tells me they are going to give porn a try, I share my experience, wish them well, and hand them a stack of napkins.

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Bablofil June 13, 2017 - 9:25 pm

Thanks, great article.

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ceciesinclair June 13, 2017 - 11:51 pm

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

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Gustav January 7, 2019 - 1:31 pm

Thanks Cecie for the article! It make me think about the difference between erotica and porn…for instance in erotica you may hide to estimulate the imagination…in porn instead you are explicit and may be obscene (porn stands for obscene)…but which was considered porn in ancient times, is now considered erotic art…and sometimes I like “porn” pictures from fifties and sixties…I theorice erotica and porn may intertwin in an unique mixture; because some obscenities may be erotical

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