Most novels have them, and I suppose most of us look for them. Those handsome heroes with gorgeous blue eyes, wind swept hair, and a perfect body. Yes, they are often broken and scarred to add depth to their character, but typically it's the handsome prince and not the geek who plays the part of the hero in our stories. Granted, since most romance novel are read by women that makes sense, but what about your ‘average Joe’ or the belief that true beauty comes from the inside?
I recently chatted with a male reader of my books who has some legitimate questions. He recently read Blood Covenant where I have a ‘geeky’ guy as one of the characters. I don’t want to give out any spoilers here, he doesn’t get the girl as my reader had hoped. Here is what he said. (With his permission)
“It always frustrates me that in all romantic novels that I end up reading by Christians, the girls are always incredibly beautiful and the guys seem to be out of GQ complete with sparkling blue eyes. As one of the geeky guys in the world – and there are far more of us than the type usually characterized in novels such as yours – I wish that there were more of a place for us types to be found attractive, even if its not for our physical “hotness.”
He continues to say:
“If you gotta have a romantic angle, then can’t you at least have more “ordinary” people falling in love and not people who look like celebrities straight out of People magazine?”
He also mentioned the familiar story of Beauty and the beast.
“Here we have a beautiful heroine finding love in a beast, not because of his outward lack of beauty but his inner beauty. Then, at the last instant, she kisses him and he turns into a handsome prince – who she ends up marrying. It’s as though even a fairy tale can’t end without the beautiful princess only marrying the handsome prince, and not some ugly dude. It seemed to communicate that you have to be beautiful on the outside to be loved by someone who is beautiful on the outside.”
Personally, I think he has an interesting point that has made me think about my own hero/heroines. In a romance, physical attraction is important, but have you noticed an over abundance of perfect people? (At least on the outside)
As both an author and a reader, I’m interested in hearing your thoughts.
Readers, have you read any books lately that don’t have heroes and heroines who seem perfect--at least on the outside. Is this something you’d like to see more of or, because this is fiction, do you enjoy more a stunningly beautiful hero and heroine?
Authors, have you written a book with a hero/heroine who are more like the “geeky guys in the world?”
Leave a comment below and happy reading!
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