Monday, May 10, 2010
Is Romance Fiction ready for a Real Cougar?
Many stories seem cougar-lite at best with a single digit age difference, kind of like calling a size 14 heroine 'BBW'. And, as I have previously mentioned, the women on the covers of Ellora's cave's cougar line look laughably youthful. (IMHO cougar doesn't start 'til forty, although urban dictionary suggests 35 and Wikipedia agrees.... and those men don't exactly look like twinks either.)
reaction of commenters to Kick-Ass actor Aaron Johnson (19) and pregnant fiance direct Sam Taylor Wood (43) suggest that age-squick is still out there, although anti-sexism is valiantly trying to counteract it. Especially telling is that notion that being a cougar is only okay if you are ridiculously hot.
When it comes to meaningless sex it seems a young hunk is fine to bed, but a wedding or parenting step-kids or motherhood or still being around when the gal hits 60 still seems a bit much for a mainstream readership, unless the age difference is essentially trivial. But if this is true, where is the HEA? Can anyone recommend a true cougar romance novel with a heroine over 40 or an age gap of at least 15 years?