Most of my friends don’t enjoy reading as much as I do… and those who do, don’t read erotica… or romance. I mostly read with my boyfriend next to me… so he’s on the receiving end of all my book reading emotions and believe me he’s not thrilled. He encouraged me to start my blog so that I bother him less 🙂
And while I did find like minded readers online (Hi Vedrana, Lenette, Trish, Kelsey, Melai, Athena, Neama… and the list goes on and on…) I still read scenes out loud to my boyfriend (who now has a perfect eyeroll)…
So it typically goes like this;
Me: OMG I love this book!
Him: Let me guess, the guy is incredibly hot, incredibly rich, emotionally unavailable until he meets that one unlikely girl and they fuck like rabbits only to find happily ever after in book 3.
Is he far off? Probably not. But it got me thinking about clichés in books….
I love when a man says ‘you’re mine’, ‘I own you’ or ‘you belong to me’ 🙂 My boyfriend doesn’t get it.
Him: How can you like this sort of thing?! Women everywhere still fight for equal rights and…
Me: Tuning out………
I mean, I get it. I even did one class in feminist theory -I know all about the burning of the bras… but there’s just something so sexy about a gentleman who goes very caveman-ish on the woman he loves… sigh…
possessive men = bookgasm
Who wants to read about an average looking man? The kind of book hero I like is the really hot guy or the outwardly scarred guy. I mostly have read of the former and I’m sure I don’t need to give examples but have you read of the latter? Think Szadist in Lover Awakened by JR Ward, Blake in the Beauty series by Skye Warren and Ripper in Unbeautifully by Madeline Sheehan… It has to be one of the two extremes for me… anything in between just sounds boring.
I have to be honest, this has become a bit too much. If you check the word ‘billionaire’ on amazon… the number of titles you’ll find is astonishing… it’s almost a genre in itself!
Of course it all follows the phenomenon that was Fifty Shades of Grey… but I’ve personally had enough. Some of my favorites have billionaire Doms in them but recently I’ve been searching for anything but a billionaire story.
Again, who wants to read of an average… or God forbid … small one?! But some descriptions are so over the top it’s funny. Was it in The Prince by Tiffany Reisz where Nora says that in romance books the men never have impotence problems? I can’t imagine such a storyline! Maybe someone should write it. Though we do know that Soren in The Original Sinners is only ever turned on by inflicting pain… and nothing else… so I guess we have an exception in him…
FINGER -COMBED HAIR
Yes, this shows up A LOT! I’m actually surprised how much… the guy always has hair that looks like ‘he ran his fingers through it a number of times’. Ok, it sounds sexy, I guess… but not sexy enough to be mentioned 50 times in a book. Or is it just me? Actually for me, unless you’re mentioning the length of the hair (this is where my friend V tells everyone about my love for long-ish hair) or the color of the hair… I’m not sure I really need to know much more. Oh unless it’s gelled up like Harvey Spekter in Suits… I have such a crush on that man! In fact I’m ending my blog post right here.. I have some swooning to do!
Are there clichés I missed out on? Do let me know 😉