Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. An African monarch choosing a 13th wife from a crowd of 50,000 nearly naked dancing virgins in 2005 seems to qualify. So does the little footnote that the last time he took a virgin wife, while he had a personally imposed ban on having sex with virgins in place, he fined himself one cow.
Stories about young women tapped from the ranks of commoners to be queens can be delightful. The reality is, alas, just as often simply despicable.