So this isn’t actually a question that someone asked. It’s something I’m currently encountering in a book I’m working on. Not only that, we see it in various other stories as well. In The Orville, we see an amoeba-like creature hitting on a human woman. She rejects his advances of course, but that got me thinking.
So the question stands… in Fantasy, where does a humanoid and non-humanoid romance or just affection become taboo? Where are you crossing moral or ethical lines… or just pretty much driving away a more squeamish audience?
Humans have a tendency to look at non-humanoid species in fantasy as almost animal in nature. Now, one could argue that apes are also humanoid, but as they’re of lesser intelligence, and not entirely self-aware, a relationship there would be also be considered gross and rightly so.
All right, so now that I’ve grossed you all out… let’s go into Sci-Fi and fantasy. Where do we draw the line between a relationship and… what would be considered bestiality? Well… that’s tough…
First of all, the defintion of bestiality is as follows:
“sexual intercourse between a person and an animal.”
a living organism other than a human being.“are humans superior to animals, or just different?”
a mammal, as opposed to a bird, reptile, fish, or insect.“the snowfall seemed to have chased all birds, animals, and men indoors”
a person whose behavior is regarded as devoid of human attributes or civilizing influences, especially someone who is very cruel, violent, or repulsive.“those men have to be animals—what they did to that boy was savage”
a particular type of person or thing.
1.a human being regarded as an individual.“the porter was the last person to see her”
used in legal or formal contexts to refer to an unspecified individual.“the entrance fee is $10.00 per person”
an individual characterized by a preference or liking for a specified thing.“she’s not a cat person”
an individual’s body.“I have publicity photographs on my person at all times”
a character in a play or story.“his previous roles in the person of a fallible cop”
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