A great post and an interesting comment thread.
After discussing the great American romance novel with a group of ladies earlier in the day, I wanted to pose a question to the ladies and gentleman, respectively. Whilst there are many ways to approach a character’s sex appeal in a novel, be they male or female, my question is this: What makes a character sexy?
Men: What do you find makes a woman Sexy? Is it purely physical in the beginning or are there other things you look for?
Ladies: Same question, except about the men. What do you find sexy about a man?
It seems many romance novels are written from the perspective of a woman and the authors tend to give the men qualities they wish they had, rather than those that are commonly found. Does this happen if a man writes a romance novel? How much of this is simple stereotyping?
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