What draws us to books? The story? Yes. Story trumps all. We can get over bad writing...for bad romance.
I just finished a book that was tough to get through because the writing drove me nuts, but the story? Oh, that story held me and wouldn't let me go. I'm a sucker for the girl who falls for the guy she shouldn't be with. Big time. There's something in that love, that ache, that obsession.
In Dark Forest, there are a few relationships that constitute as Bad Romance. My heroine is strong. She's the one who has to do the saving in my story. But the boy who is sworn to protect her...such a strong draw there. She doesn't need him, or so she tells herself, but he is so nice to have around. They fall for each other, but there are far more important things than romance. Who has time for longing glances or stolen kisses when there is a forest to heal and all sorts of scary creatures out to kill you?
And don't get me started on who her father falls in love with, further jeopardizing everything.
Bad Romance = Conflict
Conflict drives the stories. It makes us turn those pages. We need that bad romance.
As Lady Gaga sings: I want your drama, the touch of your hand I want your leather studded kiss in the sand I want your love Love, love, love I want your love
Unless you are ten years old. This review was posted on Amazon for a book: "It has a lot of romance, but it doesn't mess up the book at all."
So, as long as that Bad Romance doesn't get in the way of the rest of the story for those who just want the action, I guess.
I have to end with this because it's one of my favorites...
What about you - do you want bad romance?Do you write it?
I am an Humane Education teacher & writer living in Burbank, California. I left television production almost a decade ago to pursue my passion - animals. Along the way, I snagged myself a super handsome, extremely patient and very supportive husband. We rescued three cats - Ol' One Eye Pip, Eowyn the Snow Leopard and Wednesday the Butt. We also ended up with an American Staffordshire Terrier pup, Lily. I co-founded my own non-profit (Paws and Learn Humane Education Center) and spend three days a week in the schools educating kids about kindess to animals, dog bite prevention, city wildlife, pet overpopulation and responsible pet ownership. I love my job, but I also love to write. I spend my spare time writing and daydreaming. I love the outdoors and enjoy hikes with my hubby, friends and our dogs! Life is what we make of it and I am making the most of mine.