I am an avid romance reader, obviously, considering my debut novel, “Lost In You” is in the romance genre.
I enjoy books by Nicholas Sparks and Luanne Rice. I adored the “Twilight” saga mostly because of the love story. However, my gripe about the romance industry are all the cliches.
Is it me or do authors, both male and female, portray women as helpless damsels in distress that are depressed piles of mush without a man?
As a woman, I understand being depressed when your heart is broken, but I feel most authors make female characters out to rely solely on male companionship.
I personally prefer a more well-rounded romance novel. I want to read about leading ladies who can save themselves while the guy is there to encourage them and make them believe in love and themselves.
As for the male characters in most books I read, they are usually perfect. And the parts of them that aren’t dissolve by the end of story.
These fictional men change to get their woman back. To me, I think after a while, it sends across the wrong message to women.
You shouldn’t be with a man to “change” them or “train” them. I think these novels give readers false hope that “if he loves me enough, he will change”.
If you married the most unromantic man in the world, well, you knew that going into the relationship and chances are he’s not going to one day sprinkle roses on your pillow.
Don’t get me wrong – I am not saying there isn’t hope for change. I’m also not saying you shouldn’t read these books. I just wish more writers would portray realistic men and women.
As a novelist, I hope that is what I bring with “Lost In You” and my upcoming novel “Dream Catchers”.
You can read chapters from both books and get links to purchase “Lost In You” on my website: www.sandy-lo.com.
Thank you for reading!
Hugs, Kisses & Stars,