Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Next Trend in Romance Fiction

Madelle Morgan

 Anti-Aging Fiction.  You heard it here first.

Like death and taxes, aging is inevitable. Millions of Baby Boomer women are now in their mid-40s to their mid-60s, and I’m one of them. Ten years ago when Nip/Tuck, the series about a plastic surgery practice, debuted I wasn’t interested in watching. Now I am. In fact, I bought the series on DVD. Why? Ten years ago I could pass for a 30-something. Now I can’t. 

A bar bouncer (in dim light) asked a slim 45 year old friend for ID. She kissed him. 

My tastes are changing. I’m interested in a new kind of shapeshifter – liposuction. A TV news segment on Vampire Facelifts caught my attention like nothing since Spike turned up in Buffy’s world. The fantasy I want to read includes Fountain of Youth elixirs.  

My hubby and I joke that if we won the lottery the first thing we’d do is spend several months at Southern U.S. and European spa resorts (he calls them fat farms). 

We want to look like this:

We Boomers long to repair the ravages of time, and my theory is that women of a certain age wish to read about how to do it successfully.

I predict that romance authors will ride the upswing of interest in anti-aging, and will adapt their fiction to the Boomer obsession with looking and feeling young. 

I’ve brainstormed a couple of Anti-Aging sub-genre book blurbs.

The Offer He Couldn’t Refuse: InventoCorp CEO Jackie Winston temporarily switches bodies with a gorgeous 25 year old employee to seduce a playboy client and close a multi-million dollar deal. Then they fall in love. Will he still love her when he finds out she’s 48?

Can’t Get Enough: Food Scientist Jewel Rogers, age 55, drinks a smoothie made from a newly-discovered Amazon superfruit, and wakes the next day to discover she has the body of a 30 year old. But there is one side effect – an insatiable libido. Her conservative husband George can’t keep up (or keep it up). Will George allow a young, hot male neighbor to join the fun?

In your opinion is there a market for similar anti-aging themed romances targeted to 40+ year old readers? Would you read them?

I’ll close with a lovely quote from an equally lovely 78 year old woman.

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.

Sophia Loren

Diamond Lust: Diamonds weren't this girl's best friend.


Judith Ashley said...

Just yesterday I was telling Sarah that my body is not as young as my mind. However, I've signed up for the Free 21 Day Oprah/Depak Chopra Discovering Perfect Health Meditation to reverse that as best I can.

Your story ideas are so fun and creative! Not sure I'd read them because I do agree with Ms. Loren.

Diana McCollum said...

I've always admired Sophia Loren. Great quote! I think a story along those lines would interesting. I'm right there with you and would love an "easy" way to turn back the biological clock. Sigh! Don't think it's going to happen. Thanks for the book. Last month I was the winner of "Diamond Lust". Really good story.

Madelle Morgan said...

Thanks, Diana. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Sarah Raplee said...

I love your (typically Canadian) self-deprecating sense of humor, Madelle!

I do think you could tweak your story ideas into workable romantic comedies if you were so inclined. You certainly made me laugh!