The neg in romance stories

The authors of A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the Internet Tells Us About Sexual Relationships have surveyed thousands of porn sites and great stinking piles of slash romance fiction. It was a tough job, but someone had to do it.

They tell us that the ideal-looking hero of a romance story has “dark hair,” which accents the “white teeth” in his “sensual mouth” curved into a “crooked smile.”.

But a crooked smile is an expression of contempt. If the hero is looking at someone with a crooked smile he is laughing at them. I checked one romance fiction for a crooked smile, that being all I could stand, and yes, that is what hero was doing, negging the heroine most savagely – no he was not negging,  since a neg is back handed compliment, an unsettling comment that could be interpreted as insult.  He was just insulting her.

So yes, all women are like that.

7 Responses to “The neg in romance stories”

  1. Bruce Charlton says:

    I thought ‘slash fiction’ was homosexual? Derived from Kirk ‘slash’ Spock joke fantasies?

    I came across the genre in relation to Lord of the Rings – where there seem to be stories focused on an imagined ‘thing’ between Legolas and Aragorn; and on Haldir (presumably due to the very camp actor portraying Haldir in the Peter Jackson movies).

    On this basis, androgynous blond men would appear to be popular – although Aragorn (in the movies) fits the dark hair, white teeth, lopsided grin stereotype.

    • jim says:

      You are correct. I meant fan fiction.

      It is all pretty disgusting, but the slash fiction must be worse.

      I am starting to realize that older romances were somewhat censored to present a more favorable image of female desire, an aspirational rather than actual image, and were somewhat furtive about appealing to their real desires.

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