This is cross-posted at The Season
Ever had a husband or lover who screwed you over so badly you invented new forms of revenge?
Did you follow through on them?
I’ve been reading all the RITA-nominated contemporary single title romance novels (seriously, there has to be a shorter way of saying that), and two of them feature heroines who get revenge in very contemporary ways.
In Susan Donovan’s Not That Kind of Girl, Roxie Bloom overhears her boyfriend denigrating her bedroom abilities to his friends – men she has to work with. His insults are so despicable she ends up creating a man-hating blog and describing what a troll he is. Of course, she’s got an instant audience of women who have been equally hurt by the men who’d claimed to love them.
Molly Harper’s And One Last Thing… features a heroine who’s sacrificed her career to support her husband’s business. Lacey even writes the monthly email newsletter to his clients, friends and family. So when she finds out he’s banging his secretary, she goes a little mental and sends out one last newsletter. Unfortunately, her audience isn’t as receptive as Roxie’s, and she has to find somewhere to hide.
Using technology in a novel can be a dangerous thing to do. Readers picking up these books fifteen years from now may be thrown out of the story because of it. Imagine picking up an old Danielle Steele novel now and getting to a seduction scene where the hero slides in an 8-track.
But the very current forms of revenge will resonate with women who’ve found out their lover lied to them and wish they had the guts to humiliate him back. And though the heroines of these two novels do have the guts and end up meeting their heroes as a result, they both suffer for their decisions. One finds her anger spirals out of control until it even turns her dog nuts, and the other is ostracized and made fun of on national television.
Revenge may not be a dish best served electronically.
As appealing as the motto “Don’t get mad, get online” is, I could never do get revenge online the way these two heroines do. Do you think you could?
What do you think of technology being used in a novel? Ever seen it backfire?