I try hard to find modern fiction (actually written for ADULTS) that doesn't veer off to a detailed bedroom scene every other chapter, or describes depraved criminal activity in gory detail. I'm also not a big fan of excessive swearing/profanity. If there's anyone else who cares about these things and wants to read books that aren't all about Amish love stories or from the YA section, join my club!
I read a lot of classics over and over because I know they're 'safe' and I won't be walking away in disgust or getting rid of it so my kids don't pick it up someday and read things that are so against the values I want to raise them with. But I would really like to investigate truly talented authors of our own day and age who can manage to create a vivid world withOUT making me sick to my stomach.
I love Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, and I'm a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson now as well
I'm not so much a fan of Terry Goodkind, because the detailed descriptions of killing are really just too much.
I can handle the 'sex' in Twilight because it's not seriously detailed and focuses much more on emotion--but I'd really love to read something that goes beyond brain candy.
Classic literature I love and would love to see more like:
Anything and everything by Jane Austen
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Some of Dickens (has to have a happy ending, haven't really read it in years)
So, any ideas? Anyone? :)