Mar 182015

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Confession: I’m not a romantic. I don’t believe in true love or soul mates or love at first sight or everlasting love. I’m a total cynic.

And yet I occasionally love a good romance story. Not all the time mind you, I often give myself eye strain rolling my eyes at romance plots, but sometimes, there’s a romance that just makes me giddy and mushy. I love a good slow build. Or lust at first sight accompanied by personality clashes that need to be overcome. Those are situations I can believe in, and that I enjoy reading.

I believe they’re also harder to write (says the non-writer) because they require a delicate hand in crafting situations and reactions and conversations that are realistic. It is so much easier to throw in love at first sight because they’re soul mates than to magic love out of nothing, but it’s not nearly as convincing or satisfying.

But maybe I’m just too much of a cynic when it comes to romance. I mean, I can totally buy into vampires, werewolves, and everything paranormal, yet scoff at the relationship part of the same book as being unrealistic. Does this seem wrong to anyone else? It does to me, yet it happens quite frequently, and I don’t really have a good explanation since I don’t actually believe in the paranormal. I think it has to do with the fact that I believe the paranormal part is fantasy, so I’m more forgiving and open, and since romance and relationships are part of reality, I expect them to act realistically.

What about you? Do your real life beliefs affect how how you feel about the romance you encounter in books? Are there certain romance angles you believe and enjoy more than others?

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