Created By: CharacterInWhite on October 13, 2011 Last Edited By: CharacterInWhite on October 21, 2011

Writers Are Lecherous

Writer characters are frequently depicted as maniacs when it comes to sex and relationships

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Foreword: Did a brief search on writers that are characters and didn't turn anything along this line. Also, it's my first YTTKW. Be gentle.

Sometimes, the protagonist of a story is a writer themselves. Sometimes protagonists are thinly veiled versions of the people who created them. Writers Are Lecherous occurs when a character is a writer but also an irresistable sex maniac. If All Men Are Perverts and Most Writers Are Male, then it's only logical to conclude that most writers are perverts. This trope is for characters that fall under such an evaluation.

This differs from a Marty Stu in that the character's hypersexuality is seldom played up as a good thing. It can damage his self esteem, his relationships with the people he cares about, and often his public image, or it can lead to parental disapproval and being called out as a cheater. If the character is especially unlucky he'll get all of the above.

These characters aren't Lovable Sex Maniacs due to consequences. Even if Played for Laughs, a writer depicted in this fashion seldom gets away with his antics, unlike the Lovable Sex Maniac. They also don't usually see themselves as career Casanovas, instead being genuinely interested in writing. They just happen to have a lot of sex related hobbies or passtimes.

Note that while this trope (in its current iteration) doesn't have to be Always Male, many examples will turn up that way since Most Writers Are Male and All Men Are Perverts.

See Also: Bourgeois Bohemian, the type of person who has a sexually liberated mindset but isn't necessarily creative.

Alright, hit me.



Live-Action Television

  • Californication: Moody might be the Most Triumphant Example, as a good chunk of his plot elements involve sleeping with, seducing, flirting or screwing around with the various women in his life.
  • Castle: Castle is twice divorced, and quite charming with the single ladies. He signs a woman's chest in the pilot at one of his booksignings.
  • Ringer: Henry is sleeping with Siobhan, who is his wife's best friend.

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Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • October 13, 2011
  • October 14, 2011
    Related to the Bohemian values of artists generally?
  • October 15, 2011
    Real Life:- he's dead now and can't sue. One of m'tutors at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, was English Lit and later Creative Writing don and notorious lothario Malcolm Bradbury, who even in his fifties was still hell-bent on screwing as many eighteen year old undergrads as he could get away with. A recipient of his dubious attentions described it as getting instant lung cancer from having stale pipe smoke panted all over her as he got his end away, and said it was going to be an unrepeatable experience for all the right reasons and an unforgettable one for all the wrong reasons. Bradbury also wrote novels: one, the History Man, is regarded as a classic of academic life at a British university in the 1970's, and (surprise) is about a virtuous English lit professor who confounds the malice of less gifted and wildly jealous fellow academics, especially those who are sexually frustrated on account of their fundamental unattractiveness to women... it was filmed as a drama series by the BBC, and incurred the ire of those of his colleagues who were very thinly disguised as characters in the novel.

    @Morganwick: I've already added The History Man (without some very well-supported testimonials to the life of Bradbury) to the Roman A Clef page. It seems to fit very well there!
  • October 15, 2011
    Care to elaborate, bookworm?

    Also, alt title: Most Writers Are Perverts (to play on the whole "this trope is the love child of Most Writers Are Male and All Men Are Perverts"
  • October 17, 2011
    Ag Prov, even if he can't sue, I'd rather not let tropers' gossip seep into the Real Life section. Troper Tales maybe, but we exiled that.
  • October 17, 2011
    Invoked In Universe: Several Discworld boooks mention that the people who write about witch sabbaths involving dancing naked and summoning Horny Devils tend to spend too much time in small stuffy rooms instead of out in the fresh air.
  • October 17, 2011
    A good point Morgan, but we can probably add The History Man under literature and cut the parallels to his real life.
  • October 17, 2011
    @ CharacterInWhite I can't find a listing for it here, but I think there's a widely-held view that artists are sexually uninhibited as part of the artistic mindset. Writers, especially writers of fiction, could be considered a subset of artists.
  • October 17, 2011
    Needs A Better Title.

    I thought this trope was about people like me: writers who frequently put Author Appeal into everything they write.
  • October 20, 2011
    ^Duly noted King Zeal, though I can't seem to squeeze out any other trope names myself D: