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Movies that Changed My Life & Made Me a Romance Fan

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I recently returned from a signing event and caught a case of Con Crud. I spent several days doing nothing except thinking about ice cream and resting on the sofa.

I took the opportunity to watch several of my favorite movies which are Seasoned Romances.

First up was Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. The dialogue is witty and flirty. Audrey Hepburn’s coats are amazing and the supporting cast is filled with stars. Cary Grant is sexy and debonair and I love seeing Audrey Hepburn as the subtle, and not so, aggressor.

Next, Murphy’s Romance. I jumped from the urbane to the ranching life. Sally Field has that spark of youthfulness and James Garner is worldly. I love watching them dance around one another but I knew from the start that Garner’s character knew that slow and steady would win her heart.

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Things I Would Like to See More of in Romance by Melanie Jayne

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It is dangerous to give me a soapbox. I have strong ideas about diversity in Romance. I don’t mean limiting the word to skin color or sexual preference(s), but age, size, and physical/mental challenges. Everybody knows that I write books with characters over the age of thirty-five, it’s in my tag line. So today, I’m going to talk about bigger females.

For years in romance the heroines were willowy, waif-like, and sometimes the dreaded curvy. Curvy was code for big, and they usually went on a successful diet, which led our hero to see that she was beautiful. If she stayed curvy then there was usually a part of those books was when the hero’s hand could span her waist. So either she had an extreme hourglass figure (like Jessica Rabbit) or he had a freakishly large hand.

With the Indie Revolution came more realistic characters. Authors wrote about what they wanted to read and many like to read about characters that share their traits. So we started to get the BBW-Big Beautiful Woman. She usually had issues with her body, and the hero coaxed her to show off her beautiful body, which made us love him more. “Oh look, it took this wonderful man to make her feel good about herself.”

I wish that I could say that times have changed enough that we wouldn’t have to label our books with the BBW designation. I mean we don’t categorize – Tall Male or petite female do we?  But why would I expect publishing to change when I still do a quick check when I enter a room to see if I am the biggest woman there?

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