Romance Gets Respect

[Via SBTN]

There’s a nice interview with Sarah Wendell at USA today. Check it out — I thought it was very well done, especially the part where Sarah points out that it’s not so easy to write a romance novel. Gotta love people’s assumptions, right? YOU TRY IT! Also, you try writing one in 6 weeks, omg…

(Almost finished, yep. Only casualty, the real romance. Whatevs.)

 Romance readers do not expect real men to be carbon copies of romance heroes — we don’t expect anyone to ride in on a horse wielding a sword and solving all our problems. Romance heroes are found in real moments of caring. When my husband makes my coffee for me in the morning and puts a piece of foil over the top so it stays warm for me, that’s a romance hero moment.

This is true. I always have my hero do a caring thing when he’s annoyed with or suspicious of the heroine (to show her and the reader how wonderful he is) — and before they’re actually a couple.

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8 responses to “Romance Gets Respect

  1. OMG talk about settling. What a FREAK! Coffee? CARING? As IF I would settle for that. I’ve read romance novels, so I know how it’s supposed to be and I don’t tolerate anything less. Every morning I expect my husband to ride up the stairs on a white steed (dappled gray is NOT acceptable) and serve me bacon from the tip of his sword. And I don’t even mean that last part as a euphemism for anything else!

    I then get up and immediately purge this breakfast, because I’ve seen lots of pictures of supermodels so I know how thin I’m supposed to be.

    After that I get dressed and go kill some people, because, you know, video games.

    (It is nice to see a smart interview on this.)

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  2. The Conan I read flexed a lot of muscles and ran about seeking flesh for his ready blade. Life could have been more like that.

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  3. Or, oh, I know! Go to work every freaking morning for thirty years and withstand the abuse of an army of assholes and have his soul sucked out so he can afford to pay for a house SHE wanted. The romance heroes have it too easy. Kill a dragon? Once? Pffft. The only story that comes close to accuracy is the one about the guy who’s tied to a big rock and every day a bird comes and pecks out and eats his liver, but it grows back and the bird returns. Every. Single. Day.

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  4. Well. That sounded bitter, didn’t it? Trouble is, art, like whining, can be so one-dimensional.

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    • Those of us who know you, Roy (even just online), understand your multi-facetiousness. See wut I did there? 🙂

      Hey, some people think I’m just all about eating cupcakes, buying shoes, and acting like a fucking bitch, but really one of these days, I’m gonna show everyone I’m waaaaaay more complicated than that. Yes, I am!

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  5. Don’t be fooled. I want to be deep, but I am merely the puddle in the driveway that reflects the sky. You on the other hand, are the sprinkles on the doughnut.
    Howzat?

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  7. Just for the record, I’m as shallow as I appear to be.

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