Today is my birthday!
The results of my carbon dating test have not returned, so while we wait for that I am going to shift topics and talk about age in books.
When I was young, I would ask my grandmother how old she was. She would simply respond, “I’m Jack Benny’s age.” It took me many years to learn that the comedian, Jack Benny, always claimed he was 39 years old…regardless of what decade it was.
I have noticed that protagonists will sometimes age with their author. And in genres other than romance it is common for the age of the protagonist to be variable.
The characters in my books seem to be Jack Benny’s age. To date, they are perpetually suspended in their mid-thirties. That’s not to say that won’t change in the future, or that I may not host a younger couple. It just seems to me that in their thirties the hero and heroine have experienced enough in life to carry sufficient baggage to make their characters interesting. Maturity has set in by then and they are looking for the happily ever after syndrome that we all desire. Granted, I am a romantic and believe that happily ever after exists for every walk of life at every stage in life. One of these days my couples will leap beyond Jack Benny’s age and show the world that romance is timeless.
As readers and writers, what are your thoughts on the age of protagonists in a romance?
Maureen A. Miller