There are a million reasons for this:
The first being that I am far too practical for big romance.
Do you know what I see WHEN I SEE CHISELED ABS?
I see a high-maintanance guy that I can’t bring it in me to write about (okay, MUCH, lol).
I see someone who will spend more time getting ready than I do.
I feel the pressure that it would take to “keep up” with that kind of person.
I think about not ordering dessert at restaurants because I’d feel like I always had to make the perfect healthy choice.
And yes, I get all of this from a book cover and think – I don’t even want to read that chiseled-ab book because I can’t imagine actually falling for that guy. And yes, I get that a good romance is all about the fantasy, but I don’t want that. I want to read something that’s just a shade off of reality, or maybe just reality, which is messy and imperfect but LASTS and feels REAL.
I’m pretty sure romance authors aren’t supposed to feel this way 😉
I HATE THE BACHELOR
I think the whole idea of that show is insane and ridiculous. I don’t get it. Let’s even look past how staged the whole thing is, and how the people on that show are really just looking to be on TV, it is still just baffling to me.
THE ALPHA MALE –
This is something that I’ve seen done so well, but I’ll take the broken guy every day.
The reality is that 90% of bad boys will end up at the defendant’s table in a courtroom. Let’s say it’s for something small, and the guy has to do like two weeks in jail. Do you know what that does to a paycheck? If my husband (or myself) suddenly made half in one month than normal, we’d be playing catchup on that fallout for months. And there’s nothing about that scenario I find appealing. Which brings me to my next point:
CRIMINALS AS LOVE INTERESTS
I’m biased, I’m sure. And EVERYONE is allowed mistakes. EVERYONE. But I read a review the other day that was like – “I can’t believe you made a hardened criminal who did hard time so damn sexy.”
Um… Hardened criminal? Hard time? Doesn’t do it for me. I’ll take it in a story like this one b/c he’s more broken, than hardened…
I keep reading (or skim-reading) these wildly popular series, and the relationships are so dysfunctional, I just… I can’t. On top of that, I don’t get it. Of course my personal bias plays in to this, OF COURSE IT DOES, lol. And that’s fine.
It does make me wonder if I should even attempt to keep writing romance because I’m worried I’m far too practical… 😉