Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Granny Panties And Tighty-Whities?
Recently in our Evernight Authors Facebook group we were discussing underwear in romance novels, and wondering why no one writes their heroine wearing plain cotton undies. No loose elastic waistbands or dingy briefs for heroines allowed! It matters not if she's on the run from bad guys or vampires, as long as she's wearing sexy underwear.
Hey... it's fiction. We want to suspend our disbelief and escape with that story. Real women don't walk around in hot pink thongs, black lace, or go commando every day. I'm as guilty of dressing my heroines in red lace bras and panties in my stories as anyone, but now that's it's been pointed out to me I do find it interesting that most romance writers never dress their heroines in everyday undies.
What would happen if we came across a heroine proudly dropping her jeans to show the hero some comfy cotton briefs or at least panties in a lovely pastel color? Would the world end if she told him her bra was from Target? Is everyone's underwear black or red? What if she's wearing a white t-shirt? Surely she doesn't want that bra to show underneath. Didn't her mother ever tell her not to dress that way? Would it pull you out of the story to read about a heroine who's caught with her panties full of holes, or one who keeps adjusting a loose bra strap?
And how about the men? What's wrong with tighty-whities? The heroes I've read lately go commando, every single day. Do you know how uncomfortable that is? Not to mention the chaffing...
What say you, romance readers? Would you be turned off by a heroine who wore underwear from Walmart, or a hero who sported plaid boxers that looked like something he snatched from Grandpa's underwear drawer? If the hero described his lady love's undies as granny panties would you assume he wasn't as turned on as if she were wearing black lace?
Talk to me about the underwear your heroines and heroes wear...