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May 21st, 2009

08:15 am: Overheard at the Wright's Household
The Elf King (Justinian) age 6.

Juss: "I have a secret punch and a secret kid Corey doesn't know about."

Mommy: "Oh, really? Where did you get them?" (I wondered if he meant something he learned at Taekwando.

Juss: "He doesn' t know about them unless he's seen Karate Kid 1 and Karate Kid 2."

Mommy: "Which he may have."

Juss, resigned. "Which is why my secret punch and kick may not be secret very long."

08:15 am: Overheard at the Wright’s Household

The Elf King (Justinian) age 6.

Juss: "I have a secret punch and a secret kid Corey doesn’t know about."

Mommy: "Oh, really? Where did you get them?" (I wondered if he meant something he learned at Taekwando.

Juss: "He doesn’ t know about them unless he’s seen Karate Kid 1 and Karate Kid 2."

Mommy: "Which he may have."

Juss, resigned. "Which is why my secret punch and kick may not be secret very long."

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08:58 pm: Kaa...Bah?

In the recent issue of Locus, in an article about urban fantasy and paranormal romance, I read:

"(I know right now you are saying -- "Monogamous?" Well, yes -- in romance, the heroine does not sleep around, at least within the pages of any one given novel. That rule was a surprise to me, too -- the things you learn from your colleagues!)"

To which I responded: "Kaa...bah?"

Blink. Blink.

Er...is anyone else out there surprised that characters in romances are monogamous? Does anyone else expect that all heroines have to sleep around? Is there some subtext here I am missing? 

My favorite romance author, Mary Balogh, once wrote a book where the main character was a working prostitute. (I have never found it to read it, but I hear it's out there.) But that is the only exception I've ever heard of -- though who knows nowadays, seems like anything goes. But...

Bah...?

It's a romance...a story about a man and a woman coming together in the space of one book. Has our culture really come to the point where we require an entire paragraph to explain why the heroine is monogamous?

Eek, egreek, zed!!!!! 



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