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Saturday, April 25, 2015

A to Z - Virgins

A to Z Challenge - V

Virgins

Every now and then I read a book where the female lead is a virgin. I'm always intrigued by other reader's POV on that trope.

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: S, T, U

I read a book recently where the mid to late 20 something heroine was a virgin. I know that there are women out there like that, but I'm intrigued on what yall (other readers than me) prefer.

I'm going to keep this question where the person is in their 20's or older.
Are you okay with reading a book where the hero/heroine is a virgin? Are you against it? What are your thoughts on it?

My stance is that it doesn't bother me for the most part. Unless the person that is a virgin happens to be all of a sudden a sexual god/goddess with no experience. That just casts the disbelief in my mind.

13 comments:

  1. I have to agree with your god/goddess remark, lol ! It usually doesn't bother me that much, except when it's in the sense of the heroin being a virgin because it's a romance novel and the heroin has to be pure and have never loved before meeting the hero. Why are men never virgins ?

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    1. I dunno! I'm trying to think if I've read one with a male virgin and I want to say I've read one but can't think of the title/author.

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  2. Virgins sound fine to me. I remember having my first kiss with one and as soon as I confessed my innocence, immediate trust established! LOL.

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  3. I totally agree for the most part. Virgins don't become pro's on the first go, it just doesnt make sense. I also do have an issue with guys being virgins unless they have a really good reason. To me, it's just kinda weird to find a 20+ virgin dude.

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    1. I'm okay with guys being virgins in their 20's in books. I feel like most authors don't have male virgins in books though, it's mainly the females.

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  4. I love seeing a hero or heroine in romance that's a virgin in their 20s and older. It's realistic and does happen. It always bothers me when people say they need a really good reason to still be a virgin as if it's a dirty thing or shameful thing otherwise for someone to wait. Ahh yeah that's a hot topic for me apparently. If I ever get my act together and do the virginity post I had scheduled there were 100+ virgins who filled out the survey (of romance readers who submitted) and were over 20 and it included men as well.

    I do think some authors do a terrible job of them though. Some making them incredibly naive to the point of ridiculousness. Read one where she had no idea what a vibrator was and was in her mid-20s. Really now? I do think while not pros that a woman who knows her body and how to please it on her own is going to have an easier time jumping into bed and enjoying it from the get-go though.

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    1. I thought you had done a survey about that in the past! I'd be interested in seeing the post when you get to it :)

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  5. I'm open to everything Lilly, it's up to the author to maybe believe and care for her charters and the story. So if the story is told in a credible way I'm OK with virgins.

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  6. I'm like Loupe, I'm pretty open minded to anything and I don't mind virgins but when they turn into super porn stars after meeting the man of their dreams that is just getting frustrating as all heck to read. I agree with Anna too, I do think some authors of doing a terrible job with these type of heroines. It's just so unbelievable sometimes.

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    1. Yeppp!! That's one of my issues when it comes up.

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  7. I don't think I have ever read a story where the hero/heroine explicitly was a virgin.

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    Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
    2015 A to Z of Vampires
    http://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/

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    1. I've only read a few in UF/PNR - I'm going to guess there are a ton more in the historical romance genre (which I don't really read)

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