Did you ever notice that in many romance novels, the hero rescues the damsel in distress?
That’s one of the reasons I like the “Outlander” series by Diana Gabaldon. Her characters, Claire and Jamie, are partners and take turns rescuing each other. But since her saga hasn’t yet ended, happily or otherwise, is it a Romance Novel? Bill’s characters, Sarah and Jamie, are also partners and look out for each other.
Would anyone read a novel where the female rescues the male? Would he be perceived as weak, and therefore undesirable? How would the woman be perceived? Strong, Sexy, and Independent like Ziva in NCIS? Maybe…
I think it is built into our DNA: women are attracted to “strong” or powerful men, and men have a need to protect their women. Strong doesn’t have to mean muscles; it can refer to “backbone”, skill, and/or tenacity. Ever notice how Tony always watches out for Ziva? And sometimes he does rescue her.
I don’t believe a woman has to be weak. She can be smart, attractive, independent and self reliant, but still need some occasional help; as Claire and Sarah did in “Outlander” and “Sarah of The Wilderness”. What do you think?
Today’s fun poll.