Posted by Sid
One of the points of this series was to take standard romance tropes and well, see what we could do with them, as neither James nor I are romance readers. We snowballed Mickie into this project mostly so she could keep us on track for the romantic bits. So far, I am the one straying the worst. **sigh**
Aside: She was also supposed to recommend books to read for research. I’m somewhat skeptical of some of her choices so far. I think she’s steering me more toward books that tell me how not to write romance, because she snickers every time she hands me one. Now back to the topic of this blog:
We have two avenues set out in our series guidelines: (1) play it straight with the trope, but twist the particulars, or (2) twist the trope itself.
My trope for this book is the Love Triangle. Pretty self-explanatory – two people in love with the same (other) person. Or, as I’ve set it up in Cursebreaker’s Dance, one person in love with two people.
But is she?
Shelley thinks she loves Luc, until she sees him with another girl.
She is attracted to Jarvi, begins to date him, won’t admit to her friends that she thinks she loves him – until Luc throws a working on her that causes her to lose interest in both guys.
So the question is: if Luc’s working affects her (as it does), then does she really love either of them, or it just her love for the idea of being in love? Has she ever really been in love? And how will it impact her when she does really fall in love?
Speaking of love, then there’s Shelley’s love for her best friend, Jasper. This love causes her pain, as he doesn’t understand her need to be in love and therefore is not always sympathetic to her choices, though he’s there for her when things crash around her (as they mostly do). This is my second triangle: Shelley, Jasper, and her love of the idea of love.
She’ll have to resolve both triangles to get her HEA. Or rather, I will. Hoo, boy. Got a way to go with this.
Next month’s post will be by Mickie.
James says: Before starting this project, I had never read a romance novel in my life. Given how much I read, it’s actually kind of impressive that I had managed to completely avoid one entire genre. I’ve read a couple of romance novels now, and I can honestly say, based on my experience reading them, that what we’re doing here is better than the romance novels currently out there. I’ve discovered two very disturbing things about myself: 1) I’m enjoying writing a romance, and 2) I’m actually pretty good at it. I think we’re going to end up with a really good series that will appeal to people who don’t normally read this genre.
Mickie says: Romance isn’t easy, and writing it isn’t easy either. You need to strike a balance between your story and the mush, always remembering that your story is supposed to have a HEA (Happily Ever After). Our characters are young adults – college age – so we have to a) remember what dating was like when we were that age; b) modernize it so it appeals to the current generation and c) figure out just how happy are these characters going to be at the end of the story. Are we talking twu wuv & mawwiage? Or are they a happy couple at the end of the current story? How do you make this realistic, while keeping the idealistic elements of the HEA? This is a learning experience for all of us.