My Last Nerve [SOCS]

romance novels

Romance novels have predictable endings (happily-ever-after for old-timey ones and happy-for-now in contemporaries), but they still should contain solid writing, and that precludes older than dirt cliches. Some romance novelists are much better writers than others ~ one way to tell right off the bat is if they avoid cliches and keep their writing fresh as a daisy.

It’s so off-putting to see the hero lazily described as having a chiseled jawline or with hair black as night. Ugh! And I don’t want to read that the heroine grows weak in the knees when he kisses her, nor do I want the kisses to be described as soul-shattering. It’s so boring I’d rather watch paint dry.

This stuff just gets on my last nerve.

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16 responses to “My Last Nerve [SOCS]

  1. I have watched paint dry and it is fascinating,

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  2. Ugh. The chiseled jawline and hair black as night get me every time. Maybe I should search for someone who writes romance better than others. My experience thus far is they’re all much the same.

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  3. I’m with you here. Cliched romances are so passé

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  4. I’ll have to ask Mary about the clichés. She reads A LOT of romance novels….

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  5. I always thought that cliches were cliches in the first place because they so aptly described something. I think it’s “legal” to use them again and again, (to some degree) but only for a certain period of time–perhaps the time it takes for most readers to realize that they are cliches. This makes a good case for reading what others have written in your genre. Or, perhaps, for never reading what others have written in your genre. I’m confused. Or is this one of those Zen things, where you have to do both?

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  6. I haven’t voluntarily read a ‘bodice ripper’ since 1985 probably. The extremely cliched phrases do get on one’s last nerve after a short while, although for a while there I admit that some of the scenes in the more salacious books did catch my interest. But when was the last time some drop dead gorgeous fella went striding around in breeches (which were always apparently too tight) and a ruffled shirt open to his waist, allowing his bronzed pecs and chest to glisten in the noon day sun? I’ve NEVER seen that and would have appreciated being able to do so at one time. Being drop dead gorgeous of course, he’d never notice little ol’ me, because those women? Were also unreal. Who has DDs and a 28-32 inch waist, long healthy beautifullly coiffed hair, clear skin and big gorgeous eyes? Aw. I’m with you. Bring on the reality and leave the bodices unripped.

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  7. Things like that is why I never got into romance novels. My first was some Harlequin back in the 80s and I thought it was just so stupid. I’ve read a few others… there was a series I liked because they were sci fi/fantasy stories with romance. All the romance scenes were the same. He-man & submissive little woman, even when in the other parts of the book, the women kicked ass. I read a few more, skipping the sex scenes, then gave up completely.

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  8. Ah, love and romance, as old as time, as the two lovers run into one another, he crushing her to his manly chest, reaching down to her petite form, needing to possess her, hungry for her lips. She, breathless, never wanting to break away, his forever…

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