Okay, probably inappropriate in the context of this discussion, but that’s what makes it so fucking funny.
When I was growing up I always wanted an older brother.
It wasn’t because I didn’t want to be the oldest child (which I didn’t but that’s another story) or that I wanted someone to look out for me (which I ended up with anyway cos the Bearded Baby Brother is scary when he thinks people are being mean to the Mumma and me).
It was because of one thing and one thing only…
Oh, c’mon. You all must of read Sweet Dreams, Sweet Valley Highs and Mills and Boons when you were growing up. It was like a golden rule:
Girl has older brother.
Brother has Friend.
Girl crushes on Friend.
Friend has a secret thing for Girl.
Ending A –
Girl and Friend have a HFN.
Ending B –
The Big Misunderstanding!
5 – 20 years later Girl and Friend meet again.
Girl still crushes on Friend.
Friend still has a thing for Girl.
The Big M Conflict!
The Big M Drama!
Much older and wiser smexing!
Love (still, again or better – take your pick)!
Girl and Friend have a HEA.
See. There you go. If you had an older brother you were pretty much guaranteed a boyfriend, or in the case of an older sister a girlfriend.
The thing is now that I’m all growed up (ie less naive and more cynical, but still reading romance… yeah, work that one out) and am seeing this theme
rehashed to death manifest itself in queer fiction I’m really wondering if it’s a romantic trope I find convincing.
I’m just not sure.
Of course, it could just be sour grapes.
What about you? Do do you think it’s a bunch of crap and would never happen in RL cos older sibling would be more likely to either (a) beat up the younger sibling or (b) beat up the friend? Or do you like the younger sibling/friend of older sibling pairing?