Okay, I know I haven't been in the romance game for that long. I read romance in middle school and high school, but stuck primarily to the contemporary stuff. I've never been big on historicals, but I don't dislike them. I'm finding I like vampire stories (and sorry, but not because of Twilight - I own a copy, but I've never cracked it), and I'm still on the fence about wolf-shifters.
But this blog is about what bugs me. (And thank you to Catherine who made me think about this when I read her blog.)
Recently, I had a conversation with a couple friends of mine, both avid romance readers, and we discussed zombies, angels, and demons. I know, I know... what a combo. Not really. But these characters are cropping up in romance as heroes. I say, to each his or her own, but still there are a couple of things I'm questioning.
I have an opinion that many may argue (why not argue - it's a free country). How can a demon who is, by definition an evil entity, have a conscience? How can the demon in question decide to do good things? Now there are writers who have demons who change their stripes. More power to them. But I still wonder, how can evil be good? Maybe it's the idea that little white lies aren't always bad. But still...
And how can a zombie be a sexy hero? Again, by definition, zombies are walking dead who feast on the brains of the living. They are half decomposed. (IE Michael Jackson's Thriller video). So really, how can a zombie (without a brain) be a positive character and HOW CAN HE BE SEXY??? He's half there! Okay, there are those who get into more Gothic novels. I'll let this one go, but it still perplexes me.
And lastly (for now) how can an angel be bad? Now I've read the Bible and I've been to church. When I went to Sunday school, Angels were positive entities that did good in the world. Yes, I know there are such things as fallen angels (those who were angels, but decided to act more like humans or those who decided to partake of the pleasures of the flesh). Still, unless the writer tells the reader that the angel is a fallen angel or it's a fantasy where he's an angel in service of another Deity, then the angel can't topple to temptation. Yes, this drives me nuts!
Okay, so it might sound like I'm knocking fellow writers. I'm not. I'm voicing my opinion and everyone has a right to challenge it, Heck, you might make me change my mind. So what do you think?