I'm a sucker for romance. I can't write a book without a little love. You know what I mean? I think that's why I love writing for teens. Who doesn't remember their first kiss? The first time they held hands with the person they liked? The first time you said I love you?
There are so many ways to write a love story. Let me take you through some examples.
The Dreaded Love Triangle/Forbidden Love
Now, I'm am NOT the biggest fan of these. I'll be honest. I do like them when they are done well, but when you just throw two hot men into your book who fight over a girl who doesn't really have a personality or wear makeup, then I'm not a fan. And I do like Twilight. Hate me if you will, but I'll admit it. I LIKE IT! :) The love triangle did bug me though. The way Bella would choose Edward, and then keep leading Jacob on. Not that I liked Jacob, because I don't. But I don't like fickle girls who keep going back and forth. Just my opinion. If you have a book like this, good for you! I'll read it, and probably like it. :) Also, I put Twilight under forbidden love. I mean, she falls in love with a vampire for crying out loud. It doesn't get more forbidden than that! ;) (Thanks for reminding me about this one, Jordan!)
The Couple Who Knows They Belong Together
Aragorn. You know I love you. I love Legolas more,(I think it's the pointy ears) but when you're killing orcs with your awesome sword and wooing your elf princess, I think you're pretty hot. ;) Anyway. I love this couple. The couple who fights to be together. The guy who never ever gives up on his lady. The lady who knows she will be with her man forever and fights for him to succeed so he can come sweep her off her feet. The couple who never gives up. Sigh.
The Love At First Sight Couple
Serendipity was the first movie I watched with my hubby on our first date. Cuteness? I think so. ;) Anyway, I just love this movie. I love the chemistry and the sparks these two have when they first meet. The only speak to each other for a moment, but they don't forget each other, even after a few years go by. They still believe they are soulmates, and don't give up until they finally find each other again. And that scene? So sweet and beautiful. Love.
I freaking love this kiss. I just had to post it. It's the end scene in Never Been Kissed, and I seriously rewind it like 50 times whenever I watch it. Just kidding. Sort of...
I Hate You, But Then I Love You
I love these types of romances. The kind where the two main characters don't get along at first. At all. They fight, they disagree, they judge. And then something happens. Something that reveals their true character, and their true feelings for each other. And I do love the Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice, but let me just say, this scene in the newer version gives me goosebumps EVERY TIME! Watch it. At least this scene. Love.
The Tragic Romance
Happily Ever After
Everyone knows fairy tales have a happily ever after. Well, most of them. I'm a sucker for a good fairy tale retelling. They are so romantic. So fun to read. I love the princess/prince characters. The gowns, the dancing, the stolen kisses. Sigh.
So, which kind of romantic are you? If you like romance that is. Which type of romances do you tend to write? Do your characters have chemistry with their love interests? It's a must! Do they love each other at first sight? Hate each other? Let's hear it!
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm feeling the need to go write a kissing scene. Laters! ;)