First up, in case you missed it, I did an interview with ParaYourNormal over at their blog about Forsaken By Shadow and my Mirus series.
I feel like the walking dead today. After last week’s stint of insomnia, I’m still not really able to go to sleep without half a dose of Simply Sleep, and it winds up taking me all day to work through the haze–just in time to be wide awake come bedtime. My eyes have that pressured, gritty feel that says hey, we really object to being open. :yawn: It will sort itself out eventually.
In any event, during part of my not all there conversation with Pot this morning, I made the comment, “I read a book about a succubus once, but she really just seemed slutty.” I promise it made sense in context. I’m doing a second CP read on a book with an incubus as the hero and having to work hard to pull my personal prejudices out of things and just judge the book on its own merits. Either way, it got me to thinking about the paranormal and if there are, in fact, some creatures that do not lend themselves to romance. Incubi and succubi are at the top of my list.
See, there’s this rule in romance that the hero and heroine aren’t supposed to be sleeping with anybody else. Now it’s no longer the case that the heroine has to be virginal and the hero a rake (thank God). It’s expected that both will have some kind of sexual past, but for the duration of the story, it is not considered kosher for either of them to be with anybody else.
Incubi and succubi have to feed on sex the same way vamps feed on blood. You can see where this would lead to problems. Some readers might be more forgiving–it’s their nature, after all. They can’t help it. But it just doesn’t WORK for me as a reader. They do not make a hero or heroine that I can identify with because I don’t believe in sharing. Period. End of story. So even if the hero or heroine goes through a whole complicated character arc that leads to them only feeding on their beloved and nobody else, if they went through a bunch of others at any point in the story after they met said beloved, that’s an immediate turn off for me as a reader. So I usually avoid stories featuring either of these creatures as hero or heroine. Easy enough.
Are there any other creatures you can think of that really don’t lend themselves to romance?