Older heroines in sci-fi romance are pretty scarce, but two 2015 releases made me realize how much I want more heroines in this category. Older heroines seem fresh and the life issues they face are different from those of heroines in their 20s. I enjoy getting a glimpse into a romance heroine whose life stage differs from mine. I want to be more aware of such issues through the sci-fi romance I read, so there’s a bit of cerebral appeal as well.
Reading about an older heroine in love is a chance to celebrate a mature heroine having a fabulous romance and yes, even hot sex. Part of this is a conscious effort on my part to be more aware of how ageism has played a role in my life and in my entertainment choices. Having grown up in the U.S., I feel a strong urge to shake off the bias this culture has toward older people being romantic, as if it’s a reason to go, “Ew.” Older SFR heroines offers me a chance to further reflect on the issue.
Another interesting aspect to explore is what it might be like to be an older heroine in a futuristic society. Sci-fi romance has many tools to explore that angle. How will technology impact issue like medical care, mobility, and lifespan? How will those factors intersect with love and romance?
Sci-fi romances with older heroines offers romantic situations that focus on elements other than a heroine’s sexual awakening or first love. Virgin heroines are less plausible in futuristic romances to begin with, so it makes sense that SFR offers fertile (!) creative ground for older heroines who are sexually experienced. Maybe more sex is important to them, or maybe they’re just seeking an emotional bond. I like the promise of that kind of variety.