What the Feck?! (WTF?!)
Every Monday we talk about a book related topic
that had us thinking WTF?! while reading a book
or talking to others in the book community.
Thank you Jennifer for allowing me to rant today for WTF. I have had this rant on my mind for a while and I needed to get it out :)
Virgins and Billionaires
Let’s start with the virgins.
I have never really loved the innocent, virginal heroines in contemporary romance. I’m sorry, but it is SO unlikely that in today’s world a beautiful woman would make it past college without even getting to second base. I just don’t buy it. Most women today don’t get through high school very innocent. (Anyone remember spin-the-bottle or seven-minutes-in-heaven?) Put a beautiful woman in college, give her a few friends: She’s not going to be innocent for long. I don’t understand the appeal of virgins either. I mean, that first time, it’s going to flipping hurt. So, you take this innocent and put her in a situation where not only does she have sex for the first time, but it’s marathon, hard, pounding sex. Yeah, I really don’t buy it. I am over the virgins and “innocent” heroines.
Onto the billionaires:
Unless someone is a celebrity or a socialite who inherited, becoming a billionaire before the age of 30 is fairly absurd. Let’s look at the age. Graduating college leaves age at about 22. Then there is graduate school or climbing the corporate ladder. That takes time, years and years of investments and hard work. In fact, acquiring investment money, real estate, and business mergers that would net millions and billions of dollars take years to put in place and go through. Accomplishing all of that in under 8 years is beyond my scope of believability. There may be the occasional exception or genius that could possibly hit billionaire status before 30, but it’s not realistic to me.
There are only so many circumstances in contemporary romance that are reasonably believable for the virgin and the billionaire storyline. The storyline is getting over-played and is no longer original. I may enjoy the characters and the story in general, but it’s hard to believe. I do believe in successful, determined, career-minded people and people with self-esteem issues and bad past experiences. I can even understand either a virginal woman OR a billionaire character, if the circumstances are right, but the two combined make me roll my eyes.
So, there’s my two cents on virgins and billionaires.
How about you? Are you okay with the virginal, innocent Virgins and Billionaires heroine? Do you believe the billionaires before 30?
--Heather, aka Book Savvy Babe from Book Savvy Babes blog--