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Romance or lack of it

Discuss the April 2017 Book of the Month, Raven's Peak by Lincoln Cole.

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Re: Romance or lack of it

Post Number:#61 by Jax14
» 17 Apr 2017, 06:34

The romance is not absolutely necessary but I like it when it's unexpected-there is nothing worse than an author putting two characters together just for the sake of it and building it up and building it up and 500 pages into the book they get together and the rest of the characters are surprised it happened!
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Re: Romance or lack of it

Post Number:#62 by kandscreeley
» 17 Apr 2017, 08:17

Jax14 wrote:The romance is not absolutely necessary but I like it when it's unexpected-there is nothing worse than an author putting two characters together just for the sake of it and building it up and building it up and 500 pages into the book they get together and the rest of the characters are surprised it happened!


I don't mind romance, but it has to be built up for me. It can't just all of a sudden boom there together. It leaves you feeling like, "What just happened??" I don't like that. Not realistic.
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Re: Romance or lack of it

Post Number:#63 by bobRas
» 17 Apr 2017, 08:23

kandscreeley wrote:
Jax14 wrote:The romance is not absolutely necessary but I like it when it's unexpected-there is nothing worse than an author putting two characters together just for the sake of it and building it up and building it up and 500 pages into the book they get together and the rest of the characters are surprised it happened!


I don't mind romance, but it has to be built up for me. It can't just all of a sudden boom there together. It leaves you feeling like, "What just happened??" I don't like that. Not realistic.


I think there needs to be a distinction between (a) couples that the authors wants us to believe will be together for a significant amount of time (or "forever") after the book ends, and (b) couples that simply hookup after some initial attraction. (a) would arguably need quite some build up, while (b) does not so much, right?
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Re: Romance or lack of it

Post Number:#64 by kandscreeley
» 17 Apr 2017, 08:41

bobRas wrote:
kandscreeley wrote:
Jax14 wrote:The romance is not absolutely necessary but I like it when it's unexpected-there is nothing worse than an author putting two characters together just for the sake of it and building it up and building it up and 500 pages into the book they get together and the rest of the characters are surprised it happened!


I don't mind romance, but it has to be built up for me. It can't just all of a sudden boom there together. It leaves you feeling like, "What just happened??" I don't like that. Not realistic.


I think there needs to be a distinction between (a) couples that the authors wants us to believe will be together for a significant amount of time (or "forever") after the book ends, and (b) couples that simply hookup after some initial attraction. (a) would arguably need quite some build up, while (b) does not so much, right?


Yes, however, I have read books where there doesn't even seem to be attraction. The author doesn't even write in an attraction for scenario (b), and the couple is all of a sudden in the bedroom. It's just weird and awkward. For example, in Raven's Peak, if Mr. Cole had written them stopping in the middle of their road trip at a hotel just to have sex. I have seen that done even though there really was no indication of any "spark."
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Re: Romance or lack of it

Post Number:#65 by bobRas
» 17 Apr 2017, 08:50

kandscreeley wrote:
bobRas wrote:
kandscreeley wrote:
I don't mind romance, but it has to be built up for me. It can't just all of a sudden boom there together. It leaves you feeling like, "What just happened??" I don't like that. Not realistic.


I think there needs to be a distinction between (a) couples that the authors wants us to believe will be together for a significant amount of time (or "forever") after the book ends, and (b) couples that simply hookup after some initial attraction. (a) would arguably need quite some build up, while (b) does not so much, right?


Yes, however, I have read books where there doesn't even seem to be attraction. The author doesn't even write in an attraction for scenario (b), and the couple is all of a sudden in the bedroom. It's just weird and awkward. For example, in Raven's Peak, if Mr. Cole had written them stopping in the middle of their road trip at a hotel just to have sex. I have seen that done even though there really was no indication of any "spark."


I'm not sure I understand correctly. I thought we were talking about romance and not sex? People have sex for plenty other reasons than attraction or romance or "spark", right? I mean, I agree that it would be weird and awkward for these characters in particular, but for others, I could imagine it. It depends on characterization.
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Re: Romance or lack of it

Post Number:#66 by bookowlie
» 17 Apr 2017, 09:31

I prefer no romance unless it fits well within the plot. This is hard to do. Authors too often throw in a flirtation or romance between the main characters. It sometimes takes away from the central plot, such as a mystery, thriller, or political intrigue.
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Post Number:#67 by Amagine
» 17 Apr 2017, 15:52

bookowlie wrote:I prefer no romance unless it fits well within the plot. This is hard to do. Authors too often throw in a flirtation or romance between the main characters. It sometimes takes away from the central plot, such as a mystery, thriller, or political intrigue.


I will admit that I hate when a romance destroys the plot. I love having romance in a story but not at the expense of the plot.
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Re: Romance or lack of it

Post Number:#68 by godreaujea
» 20 Apr 2017, 06:32

I LOVE the fact that there is no romance. I think it shows integrity for the story and for the characters that there isn't a romance. It shows how strong and independent Abigail is too, or maybe just how messed up she is that she can't have a relationship haha.
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Re: Romance or lack of it

Post Number:#69 by mariakavo88
» 20 Apr 2017, 07:52

I was a little surprised by this as well. While reading I kept thinking that it may happen, but it did not disappoint me when it didn't. It was nice to read a story that didn't form to the typical roles of the main male and female fall in love. With that being said I do not think it is out of the question for the other books in the series.
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