Love - for Richer or Poorer?
Welcome back, everyone!
I hope you all had a fabby Christmas, brimming with enough festive cheer and happiness to cushion the shock of going back to work! (Anyone else also feeling somewhat ‘cushioned’ by post-Christmas podge? Looks like another January gym membership might be on the cards for me...)
But before the January blues can set in, let’s dwell a little more on the heady days of Christmas indulgence – what did everyone think of the TV?! I’m a complete sucker for both Christmas specials and costume dramas, so the one programme that I circled instantly in the Christmas Radio Times was, of course, ITV’s Downton Abbey. And wasn’t it a gem?!
As you might imagine, it was also a hot topic in Romance HQ come this Tuesday – Matthew and Mary’s will-they-won’t-they relationship has had us hooked for months. (Although, to be honest, it’s all about Thomas for me – he’s so deliciously evil!) Cue plenty of rhapsodizing about 1920s dresses and the amazingness of the servants’ ball, plus longing to see more of this incredible era in our slush piles.
However, the upstairs/downstairs theme got us thinking about one of the more awkward issues in romance – the importance of cold hard cash! Do you prefer heroes with bottomless bank accounts, or in this time of recession, is uber-wealth a turn off? Would you consider a hero to be less Alpha if he was poorer than the heroine, or does it add to his appeal? In historical fiction, would you rather read about the aristocrats or the servants getting their happy endings?
So, as we all live in fear of January’s credit card bills arriving, have a think and let us know…!
Wishing you all a very happy 2012!
Love Flo x