Friday, March 28, 2014

What Makes Us Write Romance? by Christy English

 
Whether we're writing about vampires falling in love,




shape-shifting wolves who find their soul mates,




or Regency lords and ladies dancing in ballrooms, many of us on this blog write romances.  What is it about romance that draws us in?
 
I can only speak for myself, but I have to admit that I love reading and writing romances for the happy endings. Life unfortunately does not always lead to joy, but within the pages of a story, we can watch our characters, people we have come to like, discover love in their lives and watch as they work to make that love stay. It always takes work, just as in life, but in a romance novel, the happiness is guaranteed to last. That is a beautiful thing.
 
As much as I love the happy endings, I also love watching my characters get there. They fight, and they fume, and they slowly work on themselves and each other until their walls come down and they see each other as they truly are. The characters in my novels have to learn to trust each other, and as they do, their world opens up, becoming a better place. None of my characters are perfect, but they learn to love each other, flaws and all, and learn how to better love themselves. It is a joy to watch people grow through love, whether on the page or in life. Of course, everything is easier on the page, but that's part of the fun of reading and writing romances, too.
 

 
Christy English is happiest when she is dreaming. Her dreams have taken her to the royal court of Henry II in THE QUEEN’S PAWN, to medieval Paris in TO BE QUEEN, and now to Regency England in MUCH ADO ABOUT JACK, LOVE ON A MIDSUMMER NIGHT, and HOW TO TAME A WILFULL WIFE, where she loves to watch her characters find true love, often in spite of themselves. Please visit her on her blog  http://www.ChristyEnglish.com , on Twitter https://twitter.com/ChristyEnglish , or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/christy.english.779

8 comments:

  1. I enjoy the happy ending too. Life is so full of UNhappy endings. It's nice to escape that.

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    1. Happy endings are my favorite part of romances, Shana...that and the love scenes :)

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  2. I love HEAs! I don't like horror stories where everyone, or nearly everyone gets killed in the story. I went to see Open Water and it was the true story, in speculation, of what happened to a couple who were left behind on a snorkeling excursion. I thought maybe one of them survived, but neither did. That story will haunt me forever. I want HEA. :)

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    1. Horror stories scare me to death! I don't think I should be watching Open Water...yikes! Thanks for the heads up on that one Terry!

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  3. Escape is why I read and I want, no I need HEA, in my escape from reality.

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    1. Amen Carolyn! I am with you lovely lady

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  4. I just noticed you used my cover, Christy! How sweet of you!
    It sounds like we read and write romance for the same reasons.

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  5. I totally agree with Carolyn. I read to escape, so I NEED that HEA.
    And that cover for Much Ado About Jack gets me every time. *happy sigh*

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