02 May 2011
Giveaway - Celebrating the romance (part one)
The ground rules – yeah I know, not the most fun part but it has to be done!
* The giveaway is internationally (or where the Book Depository can deliver)
* The giveaway starts on the first Monday of the month and ends two weeks later, the winner will be announced a day later.
* You have a choice from a romance (and sub-genres) title released in the month of the giveaway, so that’s a whole heap of choice IMO ;) If you chose a print book - only via BookDepository.com. Or if you chose an e-book, it will depend if I have a payment option available to me. You can chose a book up to a price of $6,99
* If you win the ‘Celebrating the romance’ giveaway I’ll e-mail you (e-mail must be part of your profile/ a part of your comment or e-mailed to me)
* I am not responsible for lost or damaged books. Once the order is placed it is out of my hands!
The Topic; The trope of the May-December romance.
I’ve heard this phrase drop a few times on twitter and I was intrigued. To my knowledge I never read a ‘May-December’ romance so I turned to Google and found an explanation of the term:
The term refers to a romantic pairing where one person is significantly older than the other. The age difference is at least a decade, but often more. The phrase comes from the younger person being in the "spring" of his or her life (i.e., May), while the older partner is in his or her "winter" (i.e., December). Explanation by d_r_siva
If I’m reading this correct isn’t the ‘cougar trope’ a sibling from this? I do not consider a cougar woman in “the winter of her life” which makes me think about what kind of age difference there has to be between two people to be referred to as a ‘May-December’ romance.
I’m the kind of person who thinks love between two consenting adults/teenagers can blossom in many situations. Still, I’ve got no clue what to expect from this kind of romance trope. I mean, do I need to think one person thirty, the other one like fifty-five or sixty? Because suddenly I’ve got a scene in front of my eyes where Sex In The City; Samantha Jones, gets involved with a charming man in his sixties. When they get it going on and he needs to go to the bathroom I was treated to a vision of a wilting butt. It is reality but how does it work in a romance novel?
This leads me to my question; “What is the general age difference and have you ever read a ‘May-December’ story?” Did you enjoy the trope or didn’t you?
Thea Harrison – Dragon Bound
Virna DePaul – Chosen By Blood
Katie McAllister - The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons
Red Garnier – The Last Kiss
Julia Quinn - Just Like Heaven (The Smythe-Smiths)
Karen Hawkins – Scandal In Scotland
Andrew Grey – A Serving Of Love, e-book
J.P. Barnaby – Abandoned, e-book
Looking forward to hearing from you ;)