Sometimes the best feedback from a beta reader doesn’t make you change a word, but nonetheless helps you better understand your work.
One of Fast Lane’s readers, for example, thought Clay was a little too head-over-heels for Lara after just one date. It’s a particularly interesting comment because I’m a guy and this reader’s a gal—and that, oddly, puts me in a position to understand something about romance that maybe she’s not genetically engineered to perceive.
Which is that men are more likely than women to experience love at first sight.
Some British scientists studied this—is there anything scientists don’t study?—and found that, according to The Times of India, one out of every five men says he’s fallen in love at first sight or has been “smitten with a partner after only one meeting.”
Not after one date. After one meeting.
Men also report having been on the wrong side of an unrequited love more often, and pining longer for lost love.
Women? Not nearly so romantic, what with only ten percent getting hit with the love bug on initial contact.
"Women are better at reading social situations and are more likely to ask more questions of themselves after meeting someone, like is he going to make me feel secure and will he be a good father to my children," the study’s leader said. "They are cannier than men at making a lifetime choice.”
For men, on the other hand, it’s “just one look, that’s all it took.”
Superficiality is as superficiality does, I suppose. Are women really looking at Brad Pitt’s baby blues and thinking, “Well, he makes twenty million a movie, so he’ll do”?
Anyway, this very bright reader’s comment makes me feel very good about Clay. Dudes fall fast. And hard. And, according to the study, often.
Take it from me: These eggheads know what they're talking about.
And since I haven’t been bashful about telling you ManWARriors about what I had to go back and fix, I feel perfectly justified in reporting that I got one right. And on the first try, no less.