Meet EVELYN Q. DARLING, Romance Reporter at Large, in her first blog today:
In the past, creating a job for a romantic heroine usually meant she was either a governess, a nurse, or in the early twentieth century, a â€œtypewriter,â€ better known as a secretary.
Take a letter, Miss Jonesâ€¦
To all writers of romance novels.
Dear Miss, Ms. or Madam:
It has come to this reporterâ€™s attention that several of you have veered away from writing about governesses in dark, gloomy manor houses and pert, red-cheeked nurses and turned to writing about heroines who carry guns, sport black leather and can take a man down in fifty seconds flat.
What happened to the days when all a heroine had to do to get her man was flutter her black lace fan and bat her soot-caked eyelashes? (Ample cleavage didnâ€™t hurt either.)
It was so much easier when all a writer had to worry about was how many flounces graced her heroineâ€™s gown or the number of hooks on a corset. (A heroineâ€™s age at marriage also determined the size of her waist: if she wed at 18, she aspired that her waist remained at 18 inches.)
And if all else failed, there was always the â€œsmartâ€ heroine who wrote novels, solved mysteries or planted her delicate boots on foreign soil and showed her moxie by becoming a globe-trotting adventuress.
Sigh. Ah, for the good ole days before our heroines decided they wanted equal rights between the sheets. And on the job.
Now to create the modern heroine, a romance writer has to know the difference between a Glock and a Sig Sauer (the latter sounds like a deli sandwich).
Be able to â€œstreet speakâ€ in urban fantasies, suck blood without smudging her lipstick in vampire thrillers and shape-shift into an exotic creature with all her parts intact.
So Iâ€™m asking all you romance writers to drop me a line and tell me what â€œdangerous professionsâ€ for a heroine youâ€™ve seen in recent novels or in a novel youâ€™re writing.
Whatâ€™s new for a heroine in the 21st century in the world of â€œ9 to 5â€ that you havenâ€™t seen or written about before?
Iâ€™ll be eagerly awaiting your answers.
Maybe we can start a new trend: Dangerous heroines in tight corsets and red high heels who live in an abandoned subway tunnel and belong to a secret society of lusty Victorian vampires who feed on handsome firefighters.
Then again, maybe not.
Evelyn Q. Darling
Romance Reporter At Large
The Blonde Samurai: â€œShe embraced the way of the warrior. Two swords. Two loves.â€
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Thanks, Marianne! Evelyn will stopping by from time to time with her wry observations on romance novels and reading and writing them! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
(I thought it would be fun to create a roving romance reporter who looks at the world as it pertains to reading and writing romance novels.)
Great blog, Jina.
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