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Back Off: I Don’t Need Saving
Traditional romance usually features a strong hero, swooping in and rescuing the heroine in peril. And while I can see how, for some, the idea of a savior coming along and saving the day is attractive, I don’t quite get its relevance today. After all, in our modern society, it would more likely be the woman using her smarts to get the man out of danger.
Since I write chick lit, there’s always a thread of romance running through my narratives. But that thread is secondary to the main character’s journey – a journey to come to terms with herself – which is something she needs to do alone. How can a person grow, when there’s always someone in the background who can come get her out of trouble?
No, my female characters learn and develop on their own, and as a result of that development, their relationship with the male in their life becomes stronger. The man only comes in once the woman has done the work herself. It may not sound as romantic, but really, how romantic is someone barging into your life and making everything right instantly? Wouldn’t you feel inferior? To me, true romance lies in an equal partnership; when neither one actually needs the other, but chooses to be with them.
So, to all the shirtless male heroines out there just itching to burst through the door and save my struggling heroines: back off. They don’t need – or want – saving!
For Willow Watts, life has settled into a predictably dull routine: days behind the counter at her father's antique shop; nights watching fuzzy telly whilst the elderly residents of Britain's Ugliest Village bed down for yet another early night. But everything changes when Willow's epically embarrassing Marilyn Monroe impersonation is uploaded to YouTube. A canny viewer spots Marilyn's ghostly image hidden in the film and Willow becomes an international sensation. Her dire little town is suddenly overrun with fans proclaiming her to be the 'new Marilyn'. Egged on by the villagers - whose shops and businesses are cashing in - Willow eagerly embraces her new identity, dying her hair platinum and scoffing cakes to achieve Marilyn's legendary curves. But when the only man she has ever truly loved returns, seeking the old Willow, it's decision time. Should she risk stardom and the village's new-found fortune on love? Or is being Marilyn Willow's real ticket to happiness?
Talli Roland has three loves in her life: chick lit, coffee and cupcakes. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and cupcakes). Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories – complete with happy endings. Her debut novel, The Hating Game, was an Amazon Top 100 bestseller and shortlisted for Best Romantic Read at the UK’s Festival of Romance, and her second, Watching Willow Watts, was selected as a 2011 Amazon Customer Favourite. Build A Man is her latest release. Talli blogs here and can be found on Twitter here.
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