-- I'm paraphrasing here --
"Can I put my big consummation scene as the end of the story?"
I love to see the straightjacket sructure of genre Romance shaken up a little. I really do. But I had to be a bit discouraging about this.
This below is me being discouraging because I am just the slave and dogsbody of plotting structure.
|Problem? -- Denouement resolves it|
In plottingspeak, the scene where the conflicts come to a final, explosive resolution is the climax or denouement.
Dénouement is a French word meaning literally, the untying'.
Dénouer = 'to untie' Noer = knot.
Denouement seems to have entered the English language in the mid Eighteenth Century, before which we presumably didn't do this in our plots.
So, the resolution of about-all-conflict is the denouement scene.
And it comes near the end of the book because -- hey -- solve the conflict and the book is over.
To get a sense of how denouement works, pick thirty books off your keeper shelf. You know what the conflict/s are in each of these. Flip to the tail end and work your way backwards till you come to the moment these conflicts are resolved.
What does the author put in after that denouement?
In movies, we see denouement and falling-off ending very clearly. When Luke blows up the Death Star, the next scene is a set-piece of him getting a medal. When the Disney Prince battles Teh Ebil and wins, the next scene is H&H riding off into the sunset.
Folks who watch more movies than I do would have better examples.
Does the Big Consummation scene belong after the denouement?
|detailed consummation happening onstage|
In straight Romance -- this isn't true of Erotica, of course -- a unique 'detailed consummation happening onstage' is a Big Deal Scene.
We expect emotional consequences of the First Sex Act.
We expect plot results.
We want to know what happens afterwards.
We are enthralled by it.
This emotional impact, this expectation of fallout and change, this sheer story 'size' of scene, make the First Big Sex suited to the onrushing torrent of the main plotline. This Great White Shark of a scene doesn't fit well into the little spray puddle that is the plot space after the denouement.