“He'd noticed that sex bore some resemblance to cookery: it fascinated people, they sometimes bought books full of complicated recipes and interesting pictures, and sometimes when they were really hungry they created vast banquets in their imagination - but at the end of the day they'd settle quite happily for egg and chips. If it was well done and maybe had a slice of tomato.” The Fifth Elephant, Terry Pratchett.
That quote has only a tenuous link to this article, but I’m about to mention Fifty Shades of Grey, so I wanted to balance it out with an example of literary mastery.
Why am I mentioning Fifty Shades of Grey? Simple, I heartily disagree with descriptions of its sex scenes as ‘vanilla’.