I noticed the other day there is a there is a shelf on Goodreads for modern virgin heroines.
So are they something special or is this an unusual trope in the 21st century?
The popular authors of the 1950s and 60s …think Essie Summers and Betty Neels… wrote heroines where virginity was a given. Sweet romances where the heroines often attended church or lived in a manse.
Then along came the swinging sixties, the contraceptive pill and freedom of sexual expression and massive social change.
Now as 21st century readers do we enjoy revisiting that innocence of a virgin heroine? How believable are they? Certainly in historical romances when premarital sex and pregnancy made you a social outcast, you might have an older virgin heroine.
In today’s contemporary romance, an otherwise normal, often high powered career woman who is still a virgin at thirty might be difficult for a reader to accept.
Do they have to be fragile flowers?
Is the virgin heroine too fragile to cope with the current crop of alpha males … a feature of the most popular tropes? Is there a place for virgin heroines in contemporary romance today? Or is it an unrealistic expectation or simply pure fiction in this day and age.
Then there is the pseudo virgin…
Even though this heroine has previously had a sexual experience…maybe only once before, it has always been a bad experience and she never really understood what all the hype was about! That is not until the current alpha male hero makes her swoon and she is instantly overcome with sexual desire!
And if we do have a virgin heroine— is there an expectation that she will lose her virginity in the book or can we have an intimated happily ever after…presumably with sex!
A question for you…What are your thoughts on virgin heroines in contemporary romance?