When it comes to writing genre, I have the most experience in fantasy. My first book, The Lerewood, was published by Kellan Publishing a few years ago. It’s a (dark) fantasy, and I generally enjoy writing in the fantasy genre. I like creating characters with powers or worlds with some sort of supernatural element. It’s a fun way to escape reality and exercise your creativity.
One genre I usually veer from is the romance genre. A while back I explained my pet peeves while reading novels of this genre in my blog post ‘3 Ways to Surely Ruin a Romance!’. I may not be one to give romance genre tips, since I’ve never written a romance novel before, but as a frustrated reader I felt the need to rant a little, and since publishing my last work, The Lerewood, I’ve started writing a new novel in…guess what…the romance genre.
As explained in my previous post, I hate it when two characters fall in love super quickly…like in a couple of days or weeks. Personally, it took me several months to fall in love with my significant other…and we communicated constantly. We were friends before we realized we had feelings for each other, and I think that’s important in romance, fictional or real. When I read stories about people falling in love after only knowing someone for a very short time period, without getting the chance to really get to know them, it sounds forced, almost desperate, and I can’t help but think it won’t end well. In my current work in progress, my two main characters fall in love after knowing each other for nearly a decade! It’s a very long time for someone to fall in love, but I really want to highlight my character’s journey as they struggle with their inner demons and become a better person with the help of the one person they will eventually realize they have feelings for. My second pet peeve as explained in my previous blog post is how all the men in romance genres are the same. They’re usually very handsome, very rich, and are generally good guys but with a dark side to them that somehow attracts their lover. My character is average looking, with both ‘handsome’ and ‘ugly’ physical qualities, and is rich, yes…but he’s actually the antagonist at the beginning of the novel. He’s a criminal, but slowly he realizes that he wants to change and does so over the course of ten years. My third pet peeve is when one character so easily swoons over their new love interest, can’t stop thinking about them, or otherwise seems to have no control over their emotions whether it’s lust or forming a crush. In my novel, the protagonist eventually realizes she cares about the criminal, once he starts changing to be a better man. But even so, the story is more about unrequited love, lies, and secrets than it is about getting a happy ending.
In summary, I can’t stand novels in the romance genre that are so cliché. I want to write a romance novel that is a romance, yes, but one that stands out in the genre. I want a story about love, but not about a couple. I think art imitates life, and I want to write a book that teaches readers the same lesson I learned from my personal experience with love: love is blind. Love will surprise you. Sometimes you have to fight to be with the one you love, and even if the world is against your decision, that doesn’t mean it’s wrong. And once I’m done writing this book, who knows? Maybe I’ll be writing genre of a different kind.
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