I took a moment to read the Globe and Mail this morning and came across this gem:
After analyzing 15,000 Harlequin books, neuroscientists Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam came up with a list of the top 10 most popular professions for heroes in romance novels, reports Mediabistro.com. They are: 1. Doctor, 2. Cowboy, 3. Boss, 4. Prince, 5. Rancher, 6. Knight, 7. Surgeon, 8. King, 9. Bodyguard, 10. Sheriff.
Let’s just take a look at the top five. I know they come from romance novels that are meant to help us escape the trials of everyday life but I’m just not sure these are the right kind of occupations.
- Doctor – smart, rich but never home
- Cowboy – fit, tanned but always smells like horses
- Boss – not sure about this one. Boss of whom? Is there such as thing as a generic boss? If there is, he is probably underpaid and a little on the dumpy side.
- Prince – I’m not sure that having a kingdom is all it’s cracked up to be. Good if you like attending “functions” and always fake-smiling.
- Rancher – see cowboy above except substitute cows. On the upside though, he could be the Marlborough Man.
How come you never see these titles in romance novels?
- Teacher – steady income and summers off.
- Candy Maker – creative and might have a test kitchen in your basement.
- Massage Therapist – do I really need to explain this?
- Pirate – exotic destinations and lots of gold.
I would much rather date a teacher than a cowboy but that’s just me. Maybe I need a richer fantasy life.