Here’s my fourth Smorgasbord column – the Ten Ages of Humans as shown by fictional main characters.
Never browse Facebook, unless you’re proof against remarks that cause fits of anger.
Here’s one from an author last week:
“There’s been some chatter on other boards about seasoned romances—stories that feature heroes and heroines that are older; late 30s, 40s, even 50s+. ”
It was that “even 50s+” that got me, aged 59. And one response:
“I wouldn’t just read a book with an older hero or heroine, I wrote one… The hero in my first book is 38 years old, almost 39!” Well, jeez, that must make your readers sweat.
Reading on, I found many others thought 40+ was “old” for a main character, especially if she(!) was romantically intended. Some claimed most main characters in “contemporary fiction” were 20-30; there’d be no interest in anyone older. (I don’t know if they meant only in romantic fiction.) To feel the hurt I experienced, replace “...older; late…
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