There’s a thread at AAR’s Potpourri board listing metaphors or plot elements people hate. Apart from the fact that several people listed things which belong to the “code” of romance, like comparing the hero to a predator (any guesses where the term “alpha hero” comes from?) (hey, if I don’t like dragons and magic swords I’ll keep away from fantasy, right?) and seemed to take a certain delight in bashing authors, what struck me as most strange was a comment that loads of historical heroines know about oral sex from a book.
So? What’s wrong with that?
I mean, yes, of course, just looking at the ILLUSTRATIONS in these books would have probably been educational enough. *ggg* After all, erotica is no invention of the 20th century. The industry started long before that and produced some rather … uhm … interesting results. For heaven’s sake, there’s an antique Greek comedy featuring women who buy dildos ’cause they’re sexually frustrated!
Of course, it might have been not too easy for a gently-reared young lady to find those books in her father’s/brother’s/husband’s library, but the possibility certainly existed because the books existed.
Besides, romance is fantasy. FANTASY! (Even if there are generally no real dragons and no magic swords.)
End of rant.