It’s another writing topic this week on the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop.
Compare the relationship with the characters in your book with real life relationships. How do they differ and how are they the same?
This one kind of made me giggle. As much as I try to write “real life” characters, romance novels do need to be at least a little unrealistic to work. The main “unrealistic” thing?
Men talk about their feelings.
Now, I’m not saying all men would rather die by a thousand paper cuts than discuss their emotions, but I’d have to say most of them would. In a romance, though, the characters need to talk, or it is just page after page of introspection which gets boring pretty quickly.
One of the things that is the same about men in romances and the real world is that they often prefer to show their feelings through actions. The guy that buys that gift she didn’t know she needed, fixes small things around the house even though she can do it herself, runs a bubble bath after a stressful day…those are definite possibilities in real life as well as fiction.
Alfred Hitchcock is quoted as saying: “What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out?” Engaging romantic fiction cuts out the dull bits…and adds the bits we would like to experience more often.
What do you think? Do you read romances because they relate to your life, as an escape…or a little bit of both?
Now hop over to Jill Haymaker and see what she has to say!