I hear all kinds of snark on the blogosphere about romances and the “trope” of the heroine who is beautiful, but doesn’t think she is. Or the perfectly chiseled hero who is too gorgeous to be believed. Why, various writers and bloggers have asked do we need “violet/emerald/sliver(your fabulous color here)-eyed perfection? Where, they wonder, are the imperfect heroes and heroines?
I have two ideas about this. 1. Readers want to be the heroine and they want to sleep with the hero, so who would choose to be plain? Or prefer a less then sexy hero. Many of us have that in “real” life. Genre fiction is not about reality. It is about fantasy. And there’s nothing wrong with that.Further, the heroine needs to be sympathetic and conceit is rarely(read never) cited as a rooting interest.
2. If we’re writing in deep pov, we are seeing the heroine and the heroine through the eyes of a character whom the author is pairing with the other. How believable is it that a man looks at a woman, marvels at her fat thighs and bad complexion and decides to sweep her off her feet? The hero *must* percieve the heroine as madly attractive/sexy/beautiful/(your superlative here), otherwise the relationship is not believable. We want the reader to suspend disbelief, not have to throw it down the garbage disposal.
What do you think? How do you prefer your heroine and heroes? I like mine gorgeous and sexy (but unknowing*g*)and I wouldn’t have it any other way.:-)