As folks following me on Twitter know, I’ve been working through Harlequin Medical romances published from Jan 2011-May 2014 for a research project. I haven’t read them all, by any means, but I’ve read many, and for all the rest I’ve read blurbs, samples, and reader reviews. A few things really surprised me. I thought I’d see if I could surprise a few of you.
(Answers below the cut)
1. Which plot NOT is a real one?
a) Hero and heroine both utilized IVF to conceive, but the sperm samples were mixed up, and they now have each other’s kids. They meet to fix the problem and fall in love. HEA.
b) The heroine and hero had a relationship in medical school, but it ended when she handcuffed him to a bed and stole his fellowship. They meet up again years later and fall in love. HEA.
c) The heroine agreed to serve as gestational surrogate for her friend, but after getting “weird vibes” from the bio-dad, she ran off with the baby. She meets a nice doc. They fall in love. HEA.
d) The heroine is a gestational surrogate. When the bio-mom dies and the bio-dad refuses custody, the heroine tracks down the bio-dad. They fall in love. HEA.
2. As of right now, how many Medicals are published each month?
3.The doctor (hero)/nurse (heroine) pairing was once so common in medical romance that they were called “Doctor Nurse” romances. Today, what percentage of heroines in Harlequin Medical romance are nurses?
4. Of the recent Harlequin Medical romances that feature a nurse protagonist, how many feature a nurse hero?
5. Which one is NOT a setting for a recent Harlequin Medical?
a) Cruise ship
b) Hero’s desert kingdom
c) Space station
e) Orient Express
6. What percentage of protagonists start the story as a single parent?
7. How many female protagonists are POC?
8. Which ridiculous reason was NOT used to end or prevent a relationship?
a) The heroine ran off to get her child an experimental treatment for a fatal disease against the objections of the hero, her husband.
b) The hero has cancer, and leaves the pregnant heroine to spare her.
c) In Liberia, the heroine insists on setting up a plastic surgery clinic which the hero thinks is frivolous.
d) The hero dumps the heroine because he wants to dedicate his life to eradicating a measles outbreak while training as an assassin to eradicate Jenny McCarthy.
9. A Harlequin Medical opens with:
a) the heroine’s point of view most of the time
b) the hero’s point of view most of the time
c) a roughly even split between hero and heroine’s point of view
10. Which health issue is NOT faced by a protagonist in recent Harlequin medicals?
a) postpartum depression
b) elective preventative mastectomy
d) macular degeneration
e) multiple sclerosis
11. Only one of the seven continents is unrepresented as a setting for a recent Harlequin medical. Which is it?
c) North America
d) South America
12. What is the most common profession for heroines who are NOT nurses?
13. What surprised this post author the MOST about Amazon.com reviews of Harlequin Medical romances?
a) The high frequency of the sentence “I skipped the sex scenes.”
b) How uncannily the wording tracked the jacket copy.
c) How well the reviewers seemed to know the author and her work.
d) How bitterly angry the reviewers were about the similarity of the names “Caroline Anderson” and “Catherine Anderson” and their own tendency to buy the wrong author.
14. How likely is it for the heroine to be sexually inexperienced?
a) Extremely unlikely
b) Somewhat unlikely
d) Very likely
15. By the end of the book, or at least by the next book in a continuing series, how many of the couples are parents?
c) About half