Romance Writers

What do you appreciate in a romance?

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    Corine
    @corine

      I’m interested to know what’s something that you appreciate reading about in a romance?

      For example, I love seeing an exploration of the safety that couples can feel in each other’s presence. I think it’s quite a beautiful (if weak) reflection of the refuge that we find in God as His children.

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      Emberynus The Dragonslayer
      @emberynus-the-dragonslayer

      @corine

      Hi Corine!

      I love your view of romance! That’s incredibly beautiful.

      I love reading romance, mostly Historical romance. Historical romance is beautiful to me because it captures the beauty of something we’re losing today: Chivalry.  I think chivalry is very important and there’s so little of it left in our culture today. People dont respect each other the way they used to. So historical romance shows more of the way it’s supposed to be. (Not perfect of course!!)

      Romance in general? It’s just such a beautiful thing! True love is so priceless and precious. It’s such a special thing that God lovingly designed for us. And I can’t imagine a world without it!! 🙂

      So there’s my two cents 😉

      Thank you for creating this thread Btw!! It’s very thought provoking to think about why we read the things we read. And I think it’s something all of us should do more often.

      Sold souls and dead promises

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      Corine
      @corine

        @emberynus-the-dragonslayer

        Oooh I agree! There’s something special in historical romance that is very rare these days (and therefore in contemporary fiction). Chivalry is almost bittersweet in being so beautiful but also lacking.

        I think with romance, as with a lot of things in writing, it’s so important to understand its purpose. It can be quite obvious if a romance is just thrown in for the sake of having a romance, and like you say it’s such a beautiful thing that should glorify God, so a cheap imitation can actually do more harm than good.

        Hope you’re safe and well! 🙂

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        Emberynus The Dragonslayer
        @emberynus-the-dragonslayer

        @corine

        I think with romance, as with a lot of things in writing, it’s so important to understand its purpose. It can be quite obvious if a romance is just thrown in for the sake of having a romance, and like you say it’s such a beautiful thing that should glorify God, so a cheap imitation can actually do more harm than good.

        YES! amen!

        I’m doing well. Are you?

        Sold souls and dead promises

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        Ari Austin
        @amaustin

          I am absolutely late to this thread, but it’s because I’m new. I did not join until recently.

          Chivalry is the most romantic thing. But, to be fair, I am such a sappy hopeless romantic. At this point, everything melts my heart. (I least in books and my writing. I know nothing about real-life romance.)

          My first thought on when you asked what I appreciate seeing in romance was reading about characters who fall in love with each other by accident, but half of the reason they fall in love is that the other person is already so deeply in love with Jesus. However, looking at a romantic relationship like you have, I love seeing girls (even if they can defend themselves) just feel safe in the presence of their significant other. I like when they can relax, knowing that there is someone who loves them that will protect them from the world. And while not a perfect example, it does point to how the church should feel, safe in the arms of Christ. I think this can also relate to chivalry as well, with the guy performing the traditional role of protector.

          Right is right though all condemn, and wrong is wrong though all approve.

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