I don’t know what it is, but romance novels fascinate me. Every few months I’ll head to the used book store and trade some in to find more, taking far too long to make my decisions due to *cough* having to read the end of each book to make sure the female main character isn’t pregnant.
While I have found some lovely gems, I’m writing this post about my biggest romance novel pet peeve: The female lead giving everything up for her One True PairingTM. Or, more specifically, I’m writing about Lynsay Sands’ paranormal romance novel, Single White Vampire, which is a perfect example of said pet peeve.
To quickly summarize, the main characters are vampire Lucern Argeneau, a romance novel writer, and his human editor, Kate C. Leever.Â After much fuss of getting Luc to commit to a writer’s publicity gig, Kate and Luc find themselves committing to each other at the convention in question.Â
The last quandary of the pair comes down to the age-old human/vampire love affair question: What happens fifty years from now when you’re a strapping young buck and I’m a wrinkling old hag?Â In this case, Luc decides the best answer is to sire Kate and have her make up an excuse to leave her career and family after ten years (which is when it would start becoming suspicious that Kate wasn’t aging).Â
Tough choice for Kate!Â A”¦ not anything choice for Luc.Â After all, his entire familyÂ is made up ofÂ vampires.Â Which means he gets to keep them forever, just like his OTP, Kate.Â Now, I don’t think it surprises anyone that Kate chose Luc and vampirism.Â After all, all romance novels have to have a happy ending, right?
I just can’t put on the rose-tinted glasses for the happy smooches with this scenario.Â How on earth is it a happy ending when a person has to give up their entire life for someone else who sacrifices nothing?Â And why does it seem that it’s always the woman who gives everything up in these instances?