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April 27th, 2009

6:02 PM

Random thought: Tall heroes

Recently I met a fellow who stands at 6 feet 6, and this has me thinking: what's the big deal with tall heroes in romance novels, especially when the heroines they are paired with aren't exactly of Amazonian stature?

I don't know, I think it will be uncomfortable on the neck for someone like me, standing at five feet two on a good day, to have to look up to talk the giant of a guy so often. Trying to kiss his lips or brush his hair or pinch his cheeks or whatever will probably require a foot stool.

I don't see the appeal of a guy who towers or looms over her like the Leaning Tower of Pisa because, let's face it, all that extra inches on his height are going to waste anyway. Is it because tall guys are said to have bigger penises or something? (Then again, most adult porn stars said to have gigantic penises are actually shorter than typical in real life, hmm.)

9 comment(s).

Posted by meh:

Timely, I just changed a hero's height from about 5'8" to 6.

In the U.S., height and income supposedly follow a similar bell curve distribution. Maybe that's the reason, not the size of their penis but the size of their bank account or public stature. (Although all the rich guys I know are shorter than me.)
April 27th, 2009 @ 8:16 PM

Posted by meh:

And it's usually the warrior type books, whether a navy seal or a highlander/viking, etc., where reach and such are always useful. It was annoying, making the height adjustment knowing that he wouldn't be considered irresistible at 5'8".
April 27th, 2009 @ 8:55 PM

Posted by Anne Douglas:

It's like the 9"+ penises. Ridiculous at best, just downright painful in all other aspects for the majority of men and women. Men just aren't typically 6'3" and above.

I actually kind of like compact guys myself :) and I've always wondered if we project when it comes to the armed forces - after all this big hulking megaliths of manflesh can't be all that easy to hide or get into tricky/tight spaces, no?
April 27th, 2009 @ 10:21 PM

Posted by Louise van Hine:

intimidation factor. It's not really a cliche, it actually seems operative in real life. Taller men get more respect, are feared more and considered more attractive. Logistically for women under average height that is clearly not going to work romantically, but up until that moment it does seem to make them perceived as more attractive.
April 28th, 2009 @ 2:25 AM

Posted by K. Z. Snow:

All I know is, I write 'em like I like 'em -- usually between 5'11" and 6'3". I actually know a man who's pushing 7', but he has a very unfortunate syndrome of some kind. His height isn't appealing at all.
April 28th, 2009 @ 7:27 AM

Posted by Conrad:

WTF??? "In US height and income follow a similar bell curve ball distribution" ??? Dude, in US most guys are FAT. Try incorporating that into your story. Also, chicks much prefer guys with averaged sized penis. The media loves to portray that, apparently, chiks run away from the small popsicles while they embrace the big hot-dogs. In reality, its the exact opposite. More chicks have been known to embrace the small weiner as they RUN AWAY from the massive pole of lurve!
Most chicks cant cope with big dick. Its extremely painful and feels very similar to rape. I guess its like porn, you know? Most guys love to watch those porn stars with perfectly round breast that can only come from implants; but in reality they wouln't want their girl-freinds to have it as natural breasts are much softer to touch whereas implants are just HARD.
It really is not the size that matters but what you do with it.;)
April 28th, 2009 @ 3:23 PM

Posted by Caroline:

MY SO is 6'5 and I'm 5'4--it's awkward. He's an ex-college football player, so he is the huge, beefy type that turns up in so many romance books these days, but in reality it can be disconcerting and not at all sexy. We can't even spoon properly.
April 28th, 2009 @ 11:34 PM

Posted by Jill Sorenson:

My hubby is a foot taller than I am and we don't have any trouble. : ) I like tall, but HUGE bodybuilder-type heroes don't appeal to me, in general.
April 29th, 2009 @ 12:44 AM

Posted by Sera:

What makes me go :-? is when an author writes in a 6"3 plus male into a historical. Ummm... I'm fairly certain that humans as a whole are slowly gaining height as we evolve to be better adapted to out bipedal status (bipedal FTW!). So the chances of having any male over 6 feet in a regency are pretty slim, not impossible, but pretty damnned improbable.
July 9th, 2009 @ 12:28 PM