Thursday, March 25, 2010

So I Was Talking to a Friend...

My farmer was rejected finally by the editor. Somehow in the back of my mind, I saw it coming. Don't get me wrong... I didn't send something I thought was subpar. I thought the story was right on track. But, apparently the editor, tho agreeing that the story was great, wasn't what was wanted. Am I bitter? Heck no. I learned a while back that what isn't one person's cup of tea is another's. So I sent him back out again hoping that this time he'll strike gold.

But as I said in the title, I was talking to Megan yesterday (well, I would've today but she's sorta busy now cause her third cabana boy found his way home and they have to make up for lost time...), anyway, she suggested that even though farmer is sexy and hunky, he's a recovering addict and though he's brooding, he's not rock star brooding. She seemed to think and I agree that he wasn't flashy enough and that's why he wasn't appealing to the editor.

What do you think? Does the hero have to be flashy for you to like him? I mean, in farmer's case, he's a farmer. I don't know about you, but I don't know too many flashy farmers and beings that I come from a long line of farmers, I'd say I know what I'm talking about. Why can't Joe Ordinary be a hero just like Jumping Jack Flash?

Megan says it's a matter of fantasy--women want their fantasy man. A farmer isn't exactly the idea sexy man (so sayeth the woman who has three freakin vampire cabana boys...). I agree to a small degree. Yes, it's nice to read about the hunky doctor, or the studly actor, but I also want to read about a real person. There is a trend in romance to write larger heroines. BBW. So why can't the hero be average? Cause really, there are a lot of average guys out there who are pretty heroic without having to be the flashy type. I mean, where would you get your food if it wasn't for a farmer?

Just sayin'.

What do you think?


Marianne Arkins said...

My heroes are almost always "average". The hero in "One Love for Liv" was an auto mechanic. The hero in "Kitchen Matches" was a cook. In "Now That We've Found You" a college professor. In my current WIP, he's a tow truck driver.

IMHO, I can identify better with an average Joe, since I'm .. yanno.. average.

Someone will love your farmer.

J.A. Saare / Aline Hunter said...

Marianne!! Don't go hating on my Mike!! He's fabulous!

Someone will love your farmer, though, Wendi. Keep on pushing on, it will happen!!

Wendi Zwaduk and Megan Slayer said...

Thanks ladies. I needed that.

But who is Mike? Or am I that far off the mark? Cause I'm having a brain fart.

But yeah, I love me a regular guy cause I've found the high maintenence men are just that. I'm too much a simpleton i suppose.