Tuesday, February 13, 2007
I invite (nay, beg) you to share with me any titles you know that involved alpha women and not-so-alpha men. This might be femdom or sweet romance. Periodically I emerge and try to satisfy this reading-craving, and the results normally leave me skuttling back to m/m wondering (yet again) whether I am some kind of freak.
And why is it, that every time I mention this possibility on romance forums I get comments like "I don't know how there could be a beta hero that wouldn't seem desperate or pathetic".
Right now heroines are typically subdominat or subordinate to the hero as a matter of course. Sure, she may still be a heat packing policewoman with the attitude of a rottweiler--but only if the hero is a vampire assassin that makes Vlad the Impaler look like a sissy-boy. The differential in most cases is roughly the same. People who point me at writers like J D Robb are not appreciating what I am asking for.
I have noticed many publishers specify no femdom, and editors may look a little nervous at about my alpha female book ideas and usher me calmly back to the gay vampires. Gay vampires are good, right? Well yes, they sure are. But my bitter female PI and her uptight businessman lover are hot too, my chatelaine and her protector, my retired assassin and her hot young prince... sigh.
I prefer sweetish stories with a subdominant (c.f. subordinate) male. The best examples I can give are: "Taming the Forest King" by Claudia Edwards and the play/movie "Why Not Stay For Breakfast" in which the alpha heroine is a truly marvellous young pregnant woman. Please share your own examples of all kinds of dominant female romance and erotica.