After reading a book where the heroine slaps the hero across the face on two separate occasions — the second time so hard his lip cracks and bleeds — I found myself getting very very angry. The hero hadn’t cheated on her (that’s not an excuse for violence). He hadn’t physically assaulted her. He did something that she didn’t like (he fired her — he was her boss as well as best friend), so she hits him. And it’s done in a way where both the hero and heroine don’t seem to think that what she did was wrong. The heroine doesn’t apologise, and nothing is said about both instances. The story just carries on.
Why is there a double standard in romance where it seems to be OK for heroines to smack the hero about the face? I say it seems to be OK because it has happened in other numerous books. And I’m not talking about self-defence or where the heroine misunderstands the hero for an intruder.
If the hero had done that (well, he wouldn’t because a hero like that would never exist in a romance book these days) we would be crucifying him and be in an uproar.
Yet a heroine smacks the hero, and there is no outcry. It’s a huge double standard, and it makes the heroine look like she’s a hysterical woman who can’t control herself, and can’t resort any issues out without hitting the hero in the face to make her feelings show.
Sorry, it’s simply wrong. And I for one hope that authors will stop writing these terrible scenes in their books.