6 responses to “Pet Peeves About Romance Novels”

  1. Lindsay

    One of the things I enjoy about Bujold’s Vorkosigan books is that Miles is the polar opposite of all those hunky romance heroes. Personality counts for way more in books. 🙂

    Honestly, though, I find drop-dead heroines more annoying than handsome heroes, especially the red-haired green-eyed ingénue. 😛

  2. Sandra Schwab

    I’ve already told Lindsay on Twitter that it sounds as if you’re picking the wrong kinds of books, esp. in regard to the depiction of the heroine. 🙂

    Perfect people in romance are a bit of a problem, indeed, though there are also authors who are writing against that trope. A classic example would be Georgette Heyer: her adventurous heroines (several of them imperfect, several of them v. strong – Venetia, Bath Tangle, & The Grand Sophy come to mind here) are even more striking when you compare them to Barbara Cartland’s (started writing around the same time as Heyer) much more passive female characters, who constantly have to be saved by the hero. (Heyer & Cartland wrote historical romances, so obviously, I’m reading slightly different subgenres than you have.)

    When it comes to paranormals, I really, really enjoyed Kresley Cole’s A Hunger Like No Other (werewolves, vamps & bubble-gum chewing valkyries – yay!) when it came out a few years ago. V. domineering, intense hero (werewolfie, has been tortured for a few decades, poor thing), who is somewhat driven mad by the rather unconventional heroine (and her valkyrie aunties).