Let’s be serious here, ladies and gents. When a heroine meets the love interest for the first time, what are the things they usually notice or describe? No, it is not their clothes. No, it is not the fact that the person is doing something he loves at the time she saw him. Most of the time, we get bombarded with descriptions of how beautiful he is… how his blue/green/grey/hazel eyes pierce through her soul and how his gaze makes her feel as if they’ve known each other for a long time. She notices his chiselled jaw, his sculpted face, his silk-like hair being blown by the wind, as if he were the Archangel in delicious disguise.
And then, the heart beats. The passion of romance begins. They feel the spark of chemistry between them. Why?
Because he is “beautiful”.
And I am honestly quite sick of it.
Don’t get me wrong here. I have nothing against beautiful guys used in fiction, but I do have a problem with it being such a recurrent theme. I keep asking myself why is the appearance so important to the point that we have to be reminded all the bloody time that the guy is drop-dead gorgeous from head to toe? I swear I read a book sometime ago whose heroine kept telling the reader of her “beautiful” beau at least once every chapter. I fucking get it: his green eyes are awesome. His sculpted face makes you blush all over. You just want to put your finger all over that chiselled jaw of his.
But is that all there is to love about him? In fact, if he wasn’t such a hot stud in the first place, would you have bothered to know more about him? Would you even partake on this grand war among the vampires?! YES, I AM LOOKING AT YOU, BELLA. *shakes fist*
Just once, I want to read about how a heroine meets an ordinary, average guy, and thinks nothing romantic of him at first. She finds friendship and company with him, gets to know him, does amazing things together with him, feels something new about him because of their shared experiences, and then voila, a believable, meaningful romance that is not found by mere appearances but actual, real connection.
Which is what usually happens in real life. Am I right or am I right?
From what I noticed, the latter is found a lot in contemporary novels, a genre I am more and more becoming a fan of when it comes to this aspect, because once you enter the fantasy/paranormal/dystopian/science fiction field, you’re met with all these insanely beautiful guys that remind us just how impossible it is to find someone like them out of the blue and ignite a passionate romance with (unless you’re in Hollywood, I suppose…). This makes me sad because I love these genres so much, and the amount of relatable romances is seriously so low. Imagine all the possibilities we can come up with if the hero/heroine doesn’t immediately run into a sculpted face that would be the catalyst to their grand adventure:
1.) Heroine meets a sickly, pale vampire who has definitely seen better days. He needs her help in finding the cure to some vampire disease, which can only be found in the human world. They get to know each other. She’s scared of him but she finds out he isn’t that bad after all. BOOM, ROMANCE.
2.) Hero meets a very short girl with a temper as hot as a volcano. He finds out that she’s the adopted daughter of the government’s oppressive President. He finds out she ran away when she found out scandalous stuff about him. They help each other build a rebellion while making sure he doesn’t get to her bad side. He eventually softens the dragon within. BOOM, ROMANCE.
3.) Heroine who loves games meets a chubby and nerdy gamer when they line up for the latest game. They’re the last two people in line and only one stock of the game left. They decide to share the game which leads to them sharing other games, playing online together, and joining a contest for the next Tekken Tournament. BOOM, ROMANCE.
Now tell me, aren’t these more interesting?
I really wish we had less of these gorgeous guys around. I mean, they’re not that bad – I’m sure we’ve fantastized putting our hands all over Adam Levine once or twice, but I simply just never found these stories relatable, especially if their appearance keep getting emphasized over and over. I want more love stories that are based on real connection, on shared memories and experiences; love stories that are between two ordinary people who find something extraordinary in each other.
What about you? What do you think? Are you sick of drop-dead gorgeous love interests, too? Do you agree with my sentiments? leave your comments and feedback below!
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