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Our topic this week comes from Tessa Gray:
Romance novel readers are said to love emotionally satisfying endings. Are there issues you feel are taboo in romance novels that you wish you could write about? What are they?
I actually don’t think anything is taboo. The definition of romance novel is “a novel whose primary focus is on the relationship and romantic love between two people. It must have an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.” Within that structure, you can explore all levels of personal interaction and beliefs.
However, as the hero and heroine must end up together in the end, you cannot break the romance contract by having either of them be the villain, the cause of the other’s pain and struggles. This, therefore, pushes the taboo subject to a subplot, or perhaps even backstory. Many romances have heroes and/or heroines who have suffered from sexual abuse, broken homes, religious prosecution, the effects of war, and other life-altering, character-changing events. These are often the characters we most connect with, even those of us lucky enough to live a kinder, gentler life.
I love romance novels because I am guaranteed that happy ending. But the more difficult it is for the characters to achieve it, the more satisfying the read. And on that note, I should get back to torturing my own characters – all for their own good, of course.
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