I’m not great when it comes to predicting the future. I never thought the baby blue eye shadow of my teen years would ever make a come back, but it has. Can shoulder pads be far behind?
Anyway, I think I do see a trend in romance novels. Not that I read a lot of them, but looking at the titles available for free on Kindle has made me see a trend. Just follow along and you’ll see where I’m going with this.
Some of the titles I scoped out today are:
Tamed by the Billionaire — Maybe a protege of Sigfried or Roy.
Kidnapped by the Greek Billionaire— I think this may have been written before the debt crisis in the EU.
Maid in the USA (Bad Boy Billionaire series) –Somebody’s got to clean up after all that spilled Cristal.
The Teacher’s Billionaire (the Sherbrookes of Newport, Book 1) There are probably a scad of these upper class/middle class intersections coming out of Newport.
The Tycoon’s Revenge (Baby for the Billionaire series) Another generation to come.
Anyway, you get the drift. When I was younger, millionaires were thought to have it all but writers have upped the ante and brought billionaires down to earth. Can trillionaires be far behind?
I think that wealth is a mystery to most of us and when it comes to romances, we like to have characters who are separated by something. Money is the perfect barrier. This is one of the reasons that Pride and Prejudice is so popular. As Lizzy points out to Lady C. Darcy is a gentleman and she is a gentleman’s daughter, therefore, equals. But, money changes the essence of that equailty.
The same is true of Persuasion. When Anne and Frederick meet in the summer of ’06 it’s the Captain’s lack of money and Anne’s family’s social position that Lady Russell uses to drive the wedge between them. The funny thing is, when Frederick returns with quite a lot of cash, but little in the way of social position, that oh-so vital status is suddenly not so much the insurmountable barrier it once was.
So, are you a fan of these financially inflationary romances? If you are, drop a few titles our way. Or, do you think it’s just as easy to fall in love with a more socioeconomically equal boy or girl, and want your protags more like the rest of us “common folk?”
Take care–Susan Kaye