Friday, August 5, 2011

What is Seduction?

According to the dictionary:

se·duc·tion /siˈdəkSHən/Noun

1. A tempting or attractive thing.

2. The action of seducing someone.

Since the dawn of time man has been seduced by many things. Mostly objects which he desires to possess: jewels, gold, power, land, etc. The list goes on and on.

Most certainly the first definition is about acquisitions. According to> Robert Greene and many other business authors there is definitely seduction going on when it comes to business. There are hundreds of strategies to getting what you want, but that is not the type of seduction I am talking about.

The seduction I am referring to is the type that involves the human factor. The part that involves the seduction of the flesh and fulfilling wants and needs associated with passion and desire.

As a romance writer, seduction is nearly 90% of the story. It is coupled with the romance—the feelings and emotions that make up a storyline. Whether you are writing a romantic suspense or a paranormal romance the seduction is integral to the story.

It is not merely about going out and staking a claim or brandishing a sword and felling an enemy to grab his riches. No, seduction of the opposite sex requires finesse and appealing to finer sensibilities. There is no room for grunting and manhandling (that might come later after you master the art of seduction).

Is there an art of seduction?

Seduction is subjective. Some see seduction in the way the clothes sway in the breeze or fits over curves. Some see seduction as mind games played out through clever dialogue, and some see seduction as manipulation, while others find seduction in the caress of a hand. There is no exact formula.

Still there are basic rules that still apply. The characters have to be believable and their approach must match their personality, persona, or their own perceived ability.

Nothing is worse than an alpha male character that is coy and shy around the heroine or a metro-sexual male who throws out raunchy pick up lines. Granted it could happen but when it comes to seducing another person the reader is not that caught up in fantasy to disregard the workings of the real world.

The character must act the part, walk the walk, talk the talk and dress the part. He may have other deeper issues to contend with, but seduction is the icing on the cake--the sweet sugary stuff that entices you and gets your mouth salivating, tempting you to stroke your finger across the top and lick it off.

One thing is for certain men and women see seduction differently. Men might like the glazed, clear see-through sugary coating with crumbled nuggets of sugar on top, while women are suckers for pink flowers and rich chocolate icing. Whatever icing they like is important to know, otherwise there can be no temptation. So, it is imperative for an author to know the differences and understand the inner working of each of the sexes rationale to better understand what will seduce their characters and get them wanting to be closer to one another, ready to dip their finger in and take a taste of the forbidden.

So let’s talk seduction. What are some of the best or worst seduction scenes you’ve read or seen on the screen? How about in real life…what forms of seduction will get you every time and which ones won’t?

Stop by again on August 9th when I’ll be back--because you all love me (just kidding)-- and I’ll be following up this post with a special focus on men. Don’t miss it. ( :


  1. Very interesting post Gabriella- I hate reading a romance where the seduction is off. Either it's there or it's not, and some times the author is unaware they just didn't make it.

  2. I know what you mean. Sometimes it's simply a case that the chemistry is just not working between the two characters. But, oh, when a seduction scene goes well, you simply cannot put the book down. ( :