Indie – short for independent; writers/authors who publish outside the mainstream
Do you read romance novels?
I’m not a fan, frankly, but I discovered some authors I liked. Meaning, I gave romance a chance at times, and although most of the books I read didn’t captivate my interest, I was pleasantly surprised that some of them did.
Do you know what I mean?
However, I prefer other genres that include some romantic element.
For instance, if you pick up a mystery where the point of the story is to solve the mystery, but a romantic situation becomes part of the plot, then that story isn’t categorized as romance even if the romantic entanglements take up a large part of the story.
That type of story would be categorized as mystery. I tend to like mysteries, with or without the romantic element.
But a romance novel, in literary terms, is primarily about the romance.
Do I make any sense at all?
Ok, let’s pull up a definition. Romance is defined as:
A central love story with an emotionally satisfying, optimistic ending.
Sounds kind of boring to me. What’s the point of picking up a romance novel if you know there’s going to be a satisfying happy ending?
But, traditional romance stories have amassed a following with hardcore expectations. They expect to read about the developing relationship between two main characters and involves drama and turmoil but ends in a predictable happy ending.
Sex may or may not be a part of the story.
Note: There are many different sub-genres in romance; for instance, Christian romance is described as ‘clean’ and would omit sexually explicit scenes. Erotic romance would be more graphically described, with the intent of arousing the reader but not deterring away from the story line. There are other sub-classifications, you can google those if you wish.
To summarize, the romance reader expects turmoil, obstacles and all sorts of drama but ultimately desires a happy ending.
Erotica is different. (I’ll discuss that another time.)
Just to clarify:
The romance-like book I’m writing is a romantic story with some steam, but would not fit the erotica category. (I think…)
I haven’t reached an ending (yet), happy or otherwise. I’m still entangled in all the drama and turmoil… 🙄
Note to self: stop using the words drama and turmoil in this blog post. 😀
To be honest, I’m struggling a little bit with how to categorize my story, mainly because I don’t follow the rules. By not following the rules, I find it difficult to adhere to the structural classification already in place.
Anyone with experience in the publishing industry able to chime in here? Keep in mind I’m self-publishing…
To date, I created two likeable characters who embarked on an adventure together. I know they were likeable because I introduced them over a year ago on another blog and received enough fanfare to validate that there is interest in these characters and that story.
Here’s the gist:
The story begins with a bang (not that bang) and continues with another bang (ok, yeah, that one, hah). Then there is a lot of bang-less
turmoil strife and drama emotional upheaval (see what I did there? lol).
Translation – there is foreplay leading to sex before the nitty-gritty of the story takes shape.
In traditional romance, the consummation of said bang doesn’t happen until the end (aka Happily Ever After ending) and I just don’t wanna do that. Meh.
Instead, my characters have some fun and then, all the
drama uncertainty starts afterwards. (Seems more realistic to me in terms of contemporary times and all that…)
Like I said, I don’t follow the rules. I also don’t really know the rules, but I digress…
Here is where I need to thank my cougar followers, those of you who date and write about your OLD* experiences on your own blogs: you know who you are. You have provided me with AMPLE fodder which I peppered with some of my own experiences. I can only hope that I will succeed in attracting a readership despite my rather deviant ways of story writing.
*OLD = online dating
Anyway, don’t worry, it’s not an erotica book. It doesn’t have any mention of kink in it. If however erotic stories are your cup of tea then head on over here and buy and read this book and then leave a review. Authors love reviews!
Now, let’s try some questions for you romance readers:
- What do you want from a romance novel?
- Would you be willing to read something that departs the standard romance expectations?
- And how much of the steamy stuff is required to keep you engrossed?
- Are you interested in contemporary topics that consume the online dating world (teens/tinder generation/cougars/OLD*)
So that’s what’s been rattling around my head today. Isn’t it wonderful that I get to sit and write to my hearts’ content these days?
Consider yourself warned – I have A LOT of time on my hands.
See you in the comments.