1. Love in spec fiction, today, tomorrow, and always!

  2. notleia says:

    I wrote this somewhere on my blarg, but I’ll repeat it here: most romance stories don’t have enough substance to carry a novel-length plot by themselves without dumb, contrived conflict. Like the sort of conflict that would be cleared right the heck up if they just used their words like the grown adults they’re supposed to be.
    Romance in subplots? Much less potential for dumbth.

    • To be fair, in real relationships failure to communicate is common. Innumerable disagreements and quarrels really could be resolved if either person could move the mountain of emotional reticence and just say what needed to be said freely. It isn’t always a matter of not knowing what that thing is, simply feeling incapable of expressing it.
      That of course raises the question of how true to real life stories need to hold. Art imitating life is good to a certain degree. As you point out, being too spot on can be frustrating for readers and not service the overall themes or plot.

    • Autumn Grayson says:

      Yeah, romance definitely is best when it isn’t the only thing the story is about. One of the romance stories I read is a comic called I Love Yoo, which is on the Line Webtoon comic app. It’s really good, but one reason it’s good is because it is about the characters’ lives and personal conflicts, rather than having every event revolve around romance.

      Maybe one thing people forget is that relationships don’t happen in a vacuum. Relationships are going to be influenced by peoples’ pasts, outside influences, etc. In I Love Yoo, for instance, the romance is being very slowly built toward, and we are seeing tidbits of the character’s pasts and behavior as the story progresses, so when challenges do arise in the character’s future relationships, they will probably actually make sense and be important to the readers.

  3. Lisa says:

    Oh definitely FOR romance. But realistic romance. There are books out there that could be classified as speculative, but have romance/love as a main theme – for example The Time Traveller’s Wife and the Outlander series. Neither of them Christian fiction, of course, but I do think it shows that you can have your speculative fiction and your romance too. And every-day, marriage-in-it-for-the-long-haul romance, not just “fall in love and happily ever after”.

What do you think?