Wednesday, March 30, 2011
As romance writers and readers, we buy into the idea of fairy tales every time we write, buy, and read a romance book. By their very definition they have a Happily Ever After; otherwise they are simply called fiction.
Now let me declare loudly that I still believe in Happily Ever After. I just know now that it requires a LOT of hard work on the part of both parts of the couple and doesn't just happen like magic, but I don't want this in my romance books. I will never, never, ever forget reading a "romance" book by a very famous romance author whose books I had read for years and it didn't have a Happily Ever After. Twenty plus years later I still haven't read another book by this author. I wanted the fairy tale!! I love picking up a romance and being swept away. That is probably one reason that I love the Harlequin Presents line, such as those written by our friend the fabulous, Lynn Raye Harris. They sweep me away to the glitzy world of playboy sheiks and millionaire princes!
How about you, do you love the fairy tale or do you prefer that your romance books be a bit more realistic?