It's time once again for me to vent about another trend in the romance world that bugs the heck out of me. Well, in this case it's not the trend itself that annoys me, but how it's handled by some authors.
I'm sure most of you are aware of the growing segment of BBW (Big Beautiful Woman, also referred to as Rubenesque) books out there. I for one thought it was about time when I first became aware of this trend. I can only read about so many perfect people before I start wondering what universe all these people come from. Since the average woman isn't exactly a size zero, the BBW heroine seemed like a breath of fresh air to me. I especially enjoy BBW books when the heroine's weight isn't the main issue. Reading about well-adjusted women who don't fit into the Hollywood/fashion model mold can often be a lot more interesting than reading about perfect women, at least in my opinion.
So what's the problem?
Well, some authors don't seem to know what constitutes the first "B" in BBW. Someone who's ten pounds overweight isn't a BBW, in my mind. I once read a book in which the heroine was upset about her weight throughout the entire story, and then she turned out to be a SIZE TEN! Um, WTF? Size 10 does not a BBW make!
What do you all think? What constitutes a BBW? Do you like BBW stories? Does it annoy you when the heroine's main issue is low self-esteem about her weight?
And here's a question: Would you be interested in reading about a BHM (Big Handsome Man), or would that be a major turnoff?