Romance for Old Adults?
Maybe this is a bad title for a blog post. Possibly you're already thinking you don't want to read the rest. Ick, who wants to read about octogenarians having sex? Gag.
That's not what I'm posing here. Listen up. Most of us have read or read about New Adult fiction, right? You know, those books for readers who were hooked on YA fiction but are older now, yet still buying novels with characters their own age. Many kids who grew up reading Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket still want to feel the captivating love for a series and its characters. Only they are adults now so they want some lust, some sex, maybe a lot of lusty sex, and a plot that resonates for them. New Adult readers are no long under eighteen, dealing with high school bullies or mean girls. Instead, these twenty-somethings are focused on getting jobs, trying to pay the rent, and finding love. They read books about characters facing these same hurdles.
So here's my question: what about the other end of the spectrum? What about those of us who are past the young adult stage, past the new adult stage, maybe even past the adult stage and too rapidly approaching the older adult phase of life? Our own kids are out of the house (thank god) and our marriages are still solid. Or not. Maybe we're looking for love, or recovering from a bad one. Mourning the loss of a lover or spouse. Whatever our circumstances, whatever our age, hey: we need romance too. Maybe we'd like to read romances featuring heroes and heroines over the age of twenty-nine. Or fifty!
I've written a couple of romance novellas like this (PROFESSIONAL GRIEVERS and ME GO MANGO). I will be honest here and say: sales are not brisk. I think it's a shame because I do like to read about women over forty falling in love. I'm curious to know what it's like to be a fifty-something year old guy who has lost the love of his life. I enjoy reading about people older than my kids.
Do you? Let me know what you think on the subject. I'd love to hear your opinion.
Mickey J. Corrigan writes pulpy fiction. PROFESSIONAL GRIEVERS was released by Breathless Press early in 2013. ME GO MANGO was published last spring by Champagne Books. Her newest release is GEEKUS INTERRUPTUS, a romantic comedy featuring people younger than Mickey. She might write GEEZER INTERRUPTUS, but only if she thinks you'll read it.
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