Have you ever thought about the minor characters in romance novels? From a writing perspective, I mean. There aren’t very many of them, are there? Well, not compared to other types of books. The standard romance novel has a small handful of named supporting cast and another group of un-named, even more minor characters. Like … More Minor Characters in Romance Novels
I have one of those brains that picks things apart and looks at angles that should’ve remained buried. Which is why I think of questions romance novelists shouldn’t ask themselves (or anyone really). Or drunken romance novel philosophy questions (not that I’m drunk, but those are the kinds of questions). All right. Brace yourselves – … More 5 Questions Romance Novelists Shouldn’t Ask
From a reader’s perspective, how good does a romance novel have to be to be worth reading? When you talk about plot, characterization, and other writing skills, a lot of the romance novels I’ve read would rank pretty low. Which makes me think there’s a kind of spectrum: ok to read once worth re-reading but … More How Good Does a Romance Novel Need to Be?
Did you ever notice how many characters in romance novels are wealthy? Or at least pretty dang comfortable. A lot, right? And the number of rich people in romance novels has a pretty big effect on the plot. Need to take a week off suddenly to hide from a murderer? No problem. Need to travel … More Rich People in Romance Novels
I love romance novels. I read them more than any other genre. You would think that I’d like romcoms, but I can’t even sit through most of them because of the awkward. It drives me crazy! Who decided to make romantic comedies so awkward? You know what I mean. Those painful scenes where everything that … More Why Are Romantic Comedies So Awkward?
Romance novels are about escapism. They’re about believing in falling in love and living happily ever after. Because of that, there are some situations I don’t want to read about in a romance novel no matter how realistic they are. To me, they’re romance novel mistakes, and they knock me right out of the book. … More 5 Situations I Don’t Want to Read About in Romance Novels