I don’t write my books, my muse does.  So when she comes up with an idea I have no choice but to write it.  I have absolutely no control over the situation.  So she has me writing this book about an over forty woman with a few extra pounds on her.  It’s erotica… will anyone be interested in that??

So I’m putting that question to you, dear reader.  When you read a romantic story, or erotica, do the characters have to be perfect?   What if they were regular people?  No ripped abs, no penetrating blue eyes, no hour glass figure?

The purpose of books is to escape from the mundane, to go on an adventure, experience things mentally, bigger than life, so in that respect it would appear that the reader would like to have the perfect man or woman as the lead characters.  However, most of us are not the perfect vision that is described generally.  So in order to connect the reader, an author might add a little realism into the character.  Character flaws have been used regularly, but how would you feel reading about a man or a woman with a weight problem, a plain John or Jane? 

I have read stories about romance in older couples where the looks of the person was not important, it was more about the love they shared, but I’m talking about a twenty something couple, or the woman I mentioned at the beginning being forty something.  To answer that question myself I would have to say, yes, I would be interested.

Here’s why: The push to be perfect has been relentless for years.  People are seeking plastic surgery in order to look like an air brushed model.  On the other side of the spectrum, people have lost their lives in the battle to be perfect, whether it be suicide or anorexia.  I think it’s time to come back to a little realism and portray our characters as real people.  Let the reader believe that, yes, true love and exciting romance can happen to people who aren’t perfect!  The woman can still be a strong, confident heroine.  The man can still be a tender, loving man!   And sexy!  Sexiness is a perception.  What I perceive as sexy, you may not.

If it’s drilled into our heads that the outward appearance is what makes you sexy, then that’s what we will believe. It’s a brainwashing that is done to us through the fashion industry, movie industry, magazines, and books. 

Anybody out there who isn’t a size two that would like a little more selection when buying clothes?  Exactly.  

Long ago women with a few extra pounds were sought after as perfect mates.  The fact that they had a small pouch made them desirable as it spoke of health and wealth.  The thin and frail were thought to be poor and sickly. I’m not saying we should all put on fifty pounds, but it would be nice to know that being less than perfect wasn’t so horrible. 

So what are your thoughts about the work in progress book I am writing?  Sellable only to a niche market or widely accepted idea?

Joy Maner
2/1/2013 01:05:27

I feel it can be done. I think that it might become a very tender, emotional, and yet passionate tale.

4/26/2013 09:58:22

Being of an older generation, I say anything goes. Years ago I read about a chubby gal who was having trouble finding a guy. She decided to give up her comfort food and get on a diet an exercise plan. Her newly arrived neighbor who was a hunk was trying to catch her eye but she always would turn away. Not that he was shy but he was not too pushy and thought she didn't like him - he liked her, her looks, her curves, her smile even if it was not for him. Well they finally got together but it an age old problem. He's too good looking for me or I'm too fat. While my husband said he thought I was a hot babe when he met me, it was my quietness {hahhaaha - faked him out} and smile that had him ask me out. Now, he still thinks I'm hot but I've hidden his glasses. It's what's inside that keeps them, and guys are attracted to all sizes just as are, we women.


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