Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Old Fashioned Love, GAG!! Choke!!
These are the covers from "Romance Comics" 1959 and 1960 respectively. You can't find love for 10 cents these days!!! And I'll tell you....I'm glad we've come a LONG way from the romance senarios that are depicted in these volumes.
Here's one of the examples:
A woman who gets turned down twice because she mentions...*gasp*, marriage and the guys can't get away from her fast enough. (literally, one jumped out of horse and buggy in a park) She becomes a Man Hater!!!...grrr...Feel her roar... *roll the eyes here folks* The happy ending is with the very first guy who dumped her ..."I was a young fool" "Oh, " she says" I was childish too.." Come ON Woman!!! So what happens? He makes a move to kiss her, she rebuffs him, he gets a scowl on his face and turns away.. Immediately she jumps up..."Wait Johnny, Maybe I was wrong too..." SHE WAS WRONG? For being angry that he dumped her and now she won't let him kiss her after 3 years of absence and one hour back in her company????
Thank goodness our romance Heroines have a LOT more backbone...you think??? She should have made HIM grovel and beg her forgiveness.....let him hang for a bit.....
One other "story" was about a young woman who married but wasn't quite thrilled with all the housework she had to do. New DH, of course, was "understanding" at first, but then started eating out more and working later. It wasn't until she "grew up", cleaned the house to his "satisfaction" and had the meal ready for him when he walked into the door that she was the recipient of the love that was his to give. The title was "The Awakening".
Oh sure, the awakening of married servitude they meant. Give me heroines of Gena Showalters, Awaken Me Darkly, or LKH's Anita Blake. Those women would have made mincemeat of the guys in these storys.
Oh, the one titled His Lips Or None..well that was geeky.
Jock and sweatheart going out in college. Jock needs tutoring and the tutor, "Art' is now tagging along everywhere the jock goes because Mr. Jock needs to be tutored between practices and such. Art's become the good friend. *sense where this is going, don't you?*
Roby, the girl, (what kind of name is Roby anyway?) believes it's His lips or none, meaning Hank the Jock. But, suddenly there appears a "childhood sweatheart" from Hank's past that isn't so childish anymore but the real thing.(really? Can a jock know the real thing?) Do you think he tells Roby? Nope, just goes along with the new girl. One day Roby has to run and CATCH him to say.."what's wrong?". Oh, gee, been meaning to tell you , you've been a lot of fun but I never really asked you to marry me ....." *sigh* and so it goes. Roby cries, mopes in room, Art comes to visit her...( IN HER BEDROOM!)and takes her out to dinner to "make her feel better", which OF COURSE she does. Then he announces, that he loves her! Loves her with all his heart..kisses her and this "strange glow" she feels inside suddenly must be TRUE LOVE!! WOW! Who knew? They have a HEA.
Like I said....We've come a long way, now we kick-A$$!!
Posted by Michele at Wednesday, September 28, 2005