Feb 11, 2016 • 1HR 11M

17. Love Interests And Romance

 
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This week JJ and Kelly are not above capitalizing on a fake holiday to talk about LOVE INTERESTS and ROMANCE. They have lots of Opinions. Seriously, guys, JJ had to edit out over an hour’s worth of conversation on this topic.

Show Notes

  • JJ doesn't like books with FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELINGS in them, but loves a good romance in books

  • Some of our objections to the Instalove trope is not the initial connection, so much as the failure to follow-up with showing and not telling.

Objectively, What is a Good Romance?

  • Tension between characters

  • Good characterization leads to good romance.

  • When the parties involved in the romance clearly respect each other

  • Also, when the book makes you do this:

NOWKISS

Objectively, What is a Bad Romance?

  • Just because a character is hot or tragic, that doesn't make them worthy of being loved.

  • When the issue of consent is muddy or dubious, and not just in sexual situations. Romantic tropes that fall into this include the Duckie or Brian Krakow Nice Guy.

  • When attraction overrides reason, especially in the case of serious wrong being done by one party to another

  • Women in refrigerators (Kelly was right; it's Green Lantern)

Books Discussed/Recommended Reading

What We're Working On

  • Kelly is still working on her YA project and writing her "long shitty synopsis"

  • JJ is working on her mental health

Off Menu Recommendations

That's all for this week! Next week we will go back to our Publishing 201 series with THE ANATOMY OF A QUERY LETTER.