I’ll come clean. I wear glasses. I admit I’m biased. I love the Tina Fey look. I like how the retro trend in glasses has come back. It’s no longer a spectacle to be caught in public in your spectacles. Sure, the stars wear shades, and the often huge sunglasses seem more like face accessories than ultraviolet protectors, but are they functional? We can only guess how many actresses wear contact lenses. Yet only a few modern day actresses are known for their glasses, and right now I can’t think of one. Heaven forbid a sexy actress should get pegged as a book worm! Forgive me for the stereotype. Paparazzi have captured Katie Holmes and Kate Beckinsale in their eyewear, but if it were a real photo shoot, they’d both lose those everyday frames.
Glasses have been known for UNglamorizing a woman, so we’ve avoided them at all cost…until the last few years. What used to be called bohemian is now plain old cool. Chicks with straight cut bangs and black clunky frames are all the rage. At my age, I like to wear my purple glasses to not only see clearly beyond ten feet, but to cover up my bags!
So what’s my point, you may be scratching your head and asking? I’ll get right to it. When is the last time you read a book where the heroine wore glasses? Jaynie Winchester, the protagonist in my 2006 debut Medical Romance, Her Baby’s Secret Father, wore glasses, but not until my July 2009 UK release, Temporary Doctor, Surprise Father, did I write another heroine in frames – and that’s because Jan had changed drastically from her youth and had something to hide. By the way, that book was a finalist in the Greater Detroit Bookseller’s Best contest 2009.
Jennifer Crusie has written a couple of bespectacled heroines, most recently in Agnes and the Hitman, which, btw, was a fun novel.
You can imagine how delighted I was to recently find PROTECTING PLAIN JANE, a Harlequin Intrigue by Julie Miller, featuring a protagonist wearing glasses.
Here’s a short book review:
I discovered Julie Miller last year, loved her writing, and got all excited when I saw this book. I realize I am coming into the middle of a series, but Protecting Plain Jane is a stand alone book. Charlotte is what we call a tortured heroine, which is a nice change from the usual tortured hero. How can you not love a heroine who sports red hightops and glasses? Trip – triple J – is a big galoot (and thanks to Ms. Miller for giving me the opportunity to
use that word in regards to a hero six-foot-five who was unfairly tagged stupid growing up) with heroic tendencies. Trip, who may be a slow reader but is a model SWAT team member, will steal your heart, as he did Charlotte’s and mine.
Due to a twisted serial killer–the villain in this Harlequin Intrigue series–the rich girl, Charlotte, needs protection. Enter Trip, the guy she tries to slice in half with an atique sword at the museum. Poor little rich girl has an enemy set on seeing her dead. Trip is
determined not to let that happen.
What I love about tortured heroines is the story progression that must follow, specifically, the humongous need for her to develop trust again. Ms Miller walked us through each stage necessary to make the transition believable for a loony millionaire recluse spinster (I can’t believe I’m calling her that, as she’s only 27!) to a vibrant young woman willing to open her heart and embrace life again. Well done.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend that you read it, too.
So this is where I need your help. Have you personally read any books lately where
the heroes make passes at the girls in glasses?
Until next week, make it a great one!