07 November 2011

Money Money Money

One of the books I was reading over the weekend had a 'trust fund baby' character. Characters with 'money money money' (as I like to call them) seem to pop up with frequent abandon in romance novels (mass generalization I know). It's as though part of the all-encompassing HEA is not only love, but being comfortably well off while in love. Because, after all, who wants to read about characters struggling to rub two dimes together, especially in the current economic climate? Right? Wrong. At least in my case.

A lack of money is one of the many reasons why I love Amy Lane's Talker series. The two main characters in this series are students (which I think says it all). They have to decide between light and heat - they can't afford both - and they all but live off noodles. And through all this (and everything else Amy Lane puts them through) [that wasn't a dig at the wonderful Amy Lane, honest *grin*] their love shines through. It...sustains them when times are tough. And that's why I read romance. Not to see characters fall in love through rose-coloured glasses, but to see them fight for that love through both good times and bad.

So, how much realism do you like in your books?


  1. When will you every read Morning Glory, woman? Talk about characters struggling to make it, financially speaking.

    Personally, I can enjoy the occasional incredibly wealthy character (hello there, Roarke!) but I like it better when both protagonists have to juggle work and other responsibilities along with the falling in love.

    It both makes the characters more relatable/sympathetic to me and more realistic to buy the HEA--or even happy for now--when I see real life considerations are part of the story and the characters' circumstances.

  2. I like more realism. Let's read about the 99%, not the 1%. :)

  3. So true and the same reason I love Amy Lane's books. I think love is measured by the bad/lean times, not the good times. Everyone is in love when everything is great, it's when times are hard that you can tell there is love. This is a great post!

  4. More realism, definitely! Even in fantasy fiction, I want the struggles and and hardships of real life. If that makes sense.

    However, every now and then I don't mid a little indulgence in the excesses.

  5. azteclady, are you referring to Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer? I have that book! Given to me by a fan within the last year.

    If it's the same one, orannia--we should read it together!

  6. Yes, Christine, that's the one--and man, tell me about love through the lean and the tough!

    Here's (again!) a link to my review
    Morning Glory at Karen's

    and a link to my sweetie's (extremely brief) review as well

    Morning Glory at MyMedia

  7. I'm with the other ladies, more realism is better.

  8. I don't care either way, as long as the financial situation of the characters make sense. Like these novels where the guys are security specialists and are millionaires--RIDICULOUS.

    I think writers use things like money and looks in order to make characters attractive, but if you have the characterization down, you don't need that to like a character.

  9. azteclady - I have news! The physio has cleared me for reading print books...just not the heavy fantasy ones :) So..once I read the couple I already have out from the library I will tackle it...as the library has a copy - YAH!

    And I'm taking the fifth on Roarke as he drives me batty for so many reasons, including being riduculously wealthy :) And I agree on real life considerations being included :)

    Chris - *nods*

    Mariana - yes :) And thank you!

  10. Christine - the odd little indulgence is OK. But yes to the struggles and hardships.

    And I'd like to do a dual read. Maybe after Christmas?

    azteclady - thank you for the links!

    Shell - *grin*

    I don't care either way, as long as the financial situation of the characters make sense.

    heidenkind - that's a really good point. The discrepancies are...frustrating. And yes, extra money + beauty to attempt to make the character more appealing, but like you, it's all in the characterization for me :)