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Scripts 4 Play: Seduction I by Tanya M Lee

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What’s the one thing you’ve always wanted to put in your lover’s mouth? Apart from that. And not that either. I’ll tell you shall I? Words.

One of the limiting things about having sex (so I’m told) is that it’s generally an improvisational routine. Oh! I know some people like the spontaneity. And I know there are some people who enjoy having a sentient human being to talk to on the other end of their genitals. But there are times when the whole chore would be a lot easier if you knew what was (metaphorically) coming next.

Scripts 4 Playis the solution to all those problems. I’m sounding a touch facetious here. And I don’t mean this review to come across as harsh. Tanya M Lee has produced Scripts 4 Play as a series of scripts for couples to use as a guide to help with role-playing.

This is something of which I heartily approve. There have been times when role-playing has been beyond me. In those scenarios where my partner and I have been role-playing I struggle to remain focused on the sexual element of my character acting. It’s worst in those games where my partner is the saucy secretary and I am the ruthless and tyrannical CEO.

Ashley’s Partner: CEO! I’m glad you’re here. I’ve been a very naughty secretary and I think you need to discipline me straight away.

Ashley: OK. You’re fired. Fuck off out of the building and don’t come back.

END OF GAME

Tanya M Lee’s scenarios are constructed with a lot more eloquence and they lean more toward a passionate conclusion. Tanya has also left scope for the actors to improvise where necessary. This is a clever idea, with a lot of potential for couples to enjoy the pleasure of role-playing when imaginative games are not usually their forte.

That last comment is not meant to sound condescending. From a personal point of view I know that there are times in role-play when coming up with the right words is beyond my meagre abilities – and I’m supposed to be able to make up stuff like this professionally. Only the other night my wife suggested we swap roles for the evening. I said, “OK. You get pissed in front of the TV and I’ll forget how to park the car.”

As I say, I do like the idea of Scripts 4 Play, and I think the scripts are well-written. My only issue with the concept is that it seems to be marketed at those in dysfunctional relationships. The cartoon cover models are both pondering their partner’s fidelity: “If you’re not role-playing with him, who is?”/”If I’m not fulfilling her fantasy life, who is?” Following this comes an introduction that encourages couples to “…communicate, connect and commit – and to be conscious of each other’s desires and feelings.”

For some, this may be an apposite reminder of the commitment involved in being in a relationship. For others, the didactic instructions could have overtones of the evangelical therapist.

However, this is a minor quibble. Viagra was marketed as a product that can put the fun into dysfunctional, and that’s gone on to become one of the world’s leading sex-related products. Slide past the ‘Scripts 4 Play Couples Contract‘ and get into the scripts. Those readers who become actively involved in the role-playing experience are set for a night of thespian theatrics and maybe even the thrill of enjoying a new type of performance anxiety.


© 2009 Ashley Lister. All rights reserved.

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