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Posted by Bruce Kahl on July 05, 2000

In Reply to: "Bodice ripper" ... type of story?? posted by ESC on July 05, 2000

A PORNO PATCH designates a sex scene in an otherwise normal movie or book. A PORNO PATCH functions like a piece of jewellery on a media product.

A BODICE RIPPER refers to a book or movie with more than merely a PORNO PATCH. The story typically takes place against a historical background and spins around the seduction of the leading lady . The frequent sex scenes leave little to the imagination but keep a respectable distance from pornography. (A BODICE is the upper part of a dress, in case anyone is wondering what gets ripped.)

A BONKBUSTER (bonk = to have sex) goes further than a BODICE RIPPER in both the frequency and degree of sexual description. Unlike the BODICE-RIPPER, the settings are usually modern and the characters are often wealthy and famous. On a scale of 1-3, a PORNO PATCH would be at a low level, the BODICE RIPPER at the next one and a BONKBUSTER near the top.