The Virgin Heroine

Romance novels have started changing how they handle the virgin heroine.  No longer is she necessarily written as a passionless innocent to the point of fetishism. Contemporary novels have introduced readers to the assertive virgin.  She is an inexperienced woman who longs for passion but has yet to find it under the right circumstances.  She is not standing in moral judgement of sexually active friends; she is more likely to be characterized as somewhat jealous of their success at finding love and sex.  She is waiting and anxious to experience physical love and does not portend to need wedding rings or promises of forever to shed her hymen.  As readers, we know that those forever promises are coming soon but she doesn’t.  As she bestows what is often portrayed as “an unwanted gift” she gains power over the hero who learns to relish his place as first lover and is determined to make sure he remains her last. Examples of this concept of the virgin heroine can be found in books such as “50 Shades Of Grey”, “Isabel’s Awakening” and “The Coincidence of Kayden and Callie”. I am relieved by the changes but wonder what other reader’s think?

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1 thought on “The Virgin Heroine

  1. Annette Mardis

    I think you’re right on the mark. I have a virgin heroine in my first contemporary romance novel and it bothers here that people would think of her as a freak. (She’s 28 years old.) She’s eager to experience physical love, but she wants it to be with someone who has the potential to become the love of her life. She’s shy but most definitely not passive.


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