I wrote on Twitter over the weekend about a popular song in which Ne-Yo croons lovingly about a woman who is so amazingly attractive because… she pays her bills on time. Her car and her house are nearly paid off and Ne-Yo can barely keep his head on straight about her.
Yes sir, the new heroine: fiscally savvy and financially smart.
After the hurricane bowling alley the last few years, we saw heroes and heroines who could control the weather. Paranormal, I think, gained popularity because when terrorism is everywhere, it’s comforting to know who the villain is, because he’s hairy or wants to cause death by exsanguination.
So perhaps the hero or heroine of the future is the financially brilliant, the economically advanced. To that end, I point your happy DVRs to another public television program – oh, the PBS, how I love thee.
Tonight at 9pm on your local PBS (I hope!), there’s a two-hour documentary called “The Ascent of Money,” which traces the “evolution of money and demonstrates that financial history is the essential back-story behind all history.” Hosted by Niall Ferguson, who wrote the book upon which the documentary is based, the documentary should make all things math and finance rather fascinating.
Yes, it’s a bit off the standard beaten path of romance novels, but I’m seriously curious for a number of reasons, aside from the economic hyperventilating that’s going on in the media the last few months.
For a genre whose heroes and heroines often inhabit exceptionally lucrative worlds, with tycoons and billionaires and business deals and international acts of commerce setting the backdrop for human conflict and romantic tangles, the economy is, well, relevant to our interests. I predict the rise (hur hur) of the economically brilliant hero and heroine, moving beyond the standard archetype, and this documentary might pave the way toward further research and some very scintillating characters.