We all have our favourite types of heroes, whether they be fire fighters, doctors, pirates, space aliens or college students. I’ve often wondered if people are attracted to characters in careers which are unfamiliar to us, thus “exotic”. If you are a doctor or a fire fighter, do books about those characters make you go “meh” because you know real fire fighters aren’t like that? They are the normal annoying guys you work with everyday, not romantic heroes?
I work for the government. Okay, right off the bat not very romantic or exotic but I did read a blurb for a book about a US diplomat in Europe who was married and way deep in the closet because being gay would never be accepted in his career. Huh? Not in my government. We have lots of same sex partners in my Department and some of them are working at our embassies in fairly high positions.
When I was posted in Warsaw 10+ years ago one of my colleagues had his full-time partner (and two basset hounds) living with him. So the book turned me off in the sense that I felt the premise right off the bat was kind of off. Although perhaps it’s very different in the US, I’m not sure on that. Their Foreign Service is quite different than Canada’s – which is in turn similar to the UK and Australia. But I also thought, “Ewww. I work with those “diplomats” every day. That is sooooo not a romantic sexy job, how could you write an m/m “romance” about government workers?” Also for me it’s artists. My ex is an artist and the whole portrayal of the sensitive temperamental artist annoys me, maybe because it’s TOO accurate. He is my ex after all. 😛
So I just wondered if others have found themselves in that position. Do you find yourself avoiding certain career types in your romance reading because you know it too intimately? Do you find that character type unsexy or do you find yourself caught up in the technicalities of it when authors fudge a bit to make it more sexy or exciting?