The post talks about a male character sleeping with someone other than the heroine during the course of the book and whether that was realistic or not.Â I read the book. The scene in question didn’t bother me.
But Jane’s post made me think about something else that’s not so realistic in romance novels — the perfectly ripped guy with fantastic hair, obscene wealth, and a killer smile. My significant other brought this up a few days ago, asking me why most guys in romances (and especially on the book covers) are the male model of perfection,Â when most guys in real life, well, aren’t.
And I didn’t know how to answer him.
I have to admit that I’m guilty of writing the perfectÂ guyÂ in my books, while I tend to make the heroine more relatable (or at least with a more realistic body type). But IÂ give the hero quirks too — a shy personality, guilt over a friend’s death, a desire for revenge that threatens the romance with the heroine.
But Jane’s post also struck me asÂ funny because I’m working on Bigtime 4 now — and the hero isn’t the perfect guy when it comes to looks. Oh, he’s wealthy and witty, but he’s more of a mortal superhero — one without any superpowers. Which means his body is covered with scars from all his battles, his nose is crooked from being broken, etc. I’m making an effort to make him more of a normal guy (in the looks department anyway).
Of course,Â the heroine thinks the hero is handsome — after she gets to know him.Â I think that’s just part of the process of falling in love — learning to appreciate what’s beautiful about your partner. The more you love someone, the more you overlook their thinning hair or poochy stomach or thunder thighs in favor of what’s great about them (their smile, their laugh, their smoking eyes).
Which do you prefer? Gorgeous, chiseledÂ heroes? Or more realistic guys when it comes to looks? Inquiring minds want to know …