Too Much Pretty?

Random rant. Yes, I like to rant sometimes. I read a lot of Young Adult fiction, as it tends to be cleaner (i.e. less foul language, less likelihood of happening upon an explicit sex scene, etc.). I have lost count of all the novels I have read in the last few years (and I read a lot – I mean A LOT), where the hero and heroine are so indescribably beautiful and the heroine is in love with two men at the same time. Seriously, what message do the authors think they are sending out to their readers? That one has to be beautiful to be worthy of love? What about love for the pimply, gangly youth? What about love for the average-looking guy with the buck teeth and a lisp? What about love for those who can’t have a rockin’ hot body no matter how hard they may try? Where are those love stories? (Okay, I know those stories are out there, but they seem to be written fewer and farther in between.) Maybe that’s why I am so fond of Jane Eyre, where the heroine is plain and the hero is…whatever. It’s kind of hard to explain the hero, he’s so disparate. But they are regular people with a great love story. Also, Georgette Heyer’s The Convenient Marriage has a heroine who stutters. These kinds of main characters are great. And neither am I saying beautiful people can’t have love too. That is not the point of my rant. It’s just that the beautiful people are being a little over represented in the fictional world of late and it’s really grating on my nerves. I am craving originality. (I won’t even get started on the overkill of the love triangle story line that is also showing up in practically every Young Adult novel I read.)

There, rant over. I feel a tiny bit better. I’ve been wondering what to write for my blog this week and decided to write this…

What are your favorite love stories? Why are they your favorite? Are you, in contrast, loving all the ‘beautiful people’ romances?

Some more love stories of non-beautiful people:

Georgette Heyer’s Sylvester, or the Wicked Uncle
Madeleine Brent’s The Capricorn Stone
Mercedes Lackey’s One Good Knight
Robin McKinley’s The Blue Sword

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