Romance or lack of it

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Post by gali » 04 Apr 2017, 23:53

Aldonsa wrote:In my opinion there is a beginning of romance in Raven's Peak. Abigail and Haatim started falling in love, it is quite evident. Further adventures will pull them together. :wink:
As for romance in literature, I like books with exciting plot, books that make think, empathize. I've read many wonderful books without any romance.
I didn't see that they were, but each reads the signs differently.
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Post by Aldonsa » 05 Apr 2017, 01:08

gali wrote: I didn't see that they were, but each reads the signs differently.
I don’t state that they are in love already. Their feelings are just at the very beginning. Abigail hadn’t only rescued Haatim’s life, she revived his faith in God. She became the most important person for him at the end of the book.
Abigail was quite self-contained and lone person. But Haatim managed to reach her soul. He became dear to her too. He is on the second place, right after Arthur. :wink:

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Post by christinac_2585 » 05 Apr 2017, 06:28

I like a good romance in a story, but in this particular book I don't think it was necessary. I think it would have changed the storyline too much; for better or worse whose to say? It may happen in the second or third book and I'm interested in finding out if it does.
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Post by kandscreeley » 05 Apr 2017, 07:41

Aldonsa wrote:
gali wrote: I didn't see that they were, but each reads the signs differently.
I don’t state that they are in love already. Their feelings are just at the very beginning. Abigail hadn’t only rescued Haatim’s life, she revived his faith in God. She became the most important person for him at the end of the book.
Abigail was quite self-contained and lone person. But Haatim managed to reach her soul. He became dear to her too. He is on the second place, right after Arthur. :wink:
I don't know. I still don't see it. I think they respected each other, but that is in no way equivalent to love.
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Post by James Craft » 05 Apr 2017, 08:10

kandscreeley wrote:
Aldonsa wrote:
gali wrote: I didn't see that they were, but each reads the signs differently.
I don’t state that they are in love already. Their feelings are just at the very beginning. Abigail hadn’t only rescued Haatim’s life, she revived his faith in God. She became the most important person for him at the end of the book.
Abigail was quite self-contained and lone person. But Haatim managed to reach her soul. He became dear to her too. He is on the second place, right after Arthur. :wink:
I don't know. I still don't see it. I think they respected each other, but that is in no way equivalent to love.
Hmm...yeah, I'm not really sure. I agree there is a connection, but not really love. At least not yet, I would say.

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Post by Amagine » 05 Apr 2017, 10:37

christinac_2585 wrote:I like a good romance in a story, but in this particular book I don't think it was necessary. I think it would have changed the storyline too much; for better or worse whose to say? It may happen in the second or third book and I'm interested in finding out if it does.
That's true. A romance may develop in later books and personally, I hope it does. I also like the idea of the romance developing in later books. It makes it more realistic. Most people don't fall in love instantly. It's a slow, gradual process of them getting to know each other first. So if a romantic connection happen in the other books, that would be realistically perfect.
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Post by James Craft » 05 Apr 2017, 11:57

Amagine wrote: That's true. A romance may develop in later books and personally, I hope it does. I also like the idea of the romance developing in later books. It makes it more realistic. Most people don't fall in love instantly. It's a slow, gradual process of them getting to know each other first. So if a romantic connection happen in the other books, that would be realistically perfect.
Definitely better when it takes time to develop. I agree with this completely.

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Post by gali » 05 Apr 2017, 12:38

James Craft wrote:
kandscreeley wrote:
Aldonsa wrote:
I don’t state that they are in love already. Their feelings are just at the very beginning. Abigail hadn’t only rescued Haatim’s life, she revived his faith in God. She became the most important person for him at the end of the book.
Abigail was quite self-contained and lone person. But Haatim managed to reach her soul. He became dear to her too. He is on the second place, right after Arthur. :wink:
I don't know. I still don't see it. I think they respected each other, but that is in no way equivalent to love.
Hmm...yeah, I'm not really sure. I agree there is a connection, but not really love. At least not yet, I would say.
I think the same. There is a connection that may or may not lead to love.

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Amagine wrote:
christinac_2585 wrote:I like a good romance in a story, but in this particular book I don't think it was necessary. I think it would have changed the storyline too much; for better or worse whose to say? It may happen in the second or third book and I'm interested in finding out if it does.
That's true. A romance may develop in later books and personally, I hope it does. I also like the idea of the romance developing in later books. It makes it more realistic. Most people don't fall in love instantly. It's a slow, gradual process of them getting to know each other first. So if a romantic connection happen in the other books, that would be realistically perfect.
I agree and think the same.
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Post by kandscreeley » 05 Apr 2017, 12:41

Amagine wrote: That's true. A romance may develop in later books and personally, I hope it does. I also like the idea of the romance developing in later books. It makes it more realistic. Most people don't fall in love instantly. It's a slow, gradual process of them getting to know each other first. So if a romantic connection happen in the other books, that would be realistically perfect.
Actually, when I met my husband (before he was my husband of course) I loved him right away. Then we hated each other for about a year and a half before finally getting married. Nonetheless, I do believe in love at first sight. Although, I still think you have to give the relationship time to develop even after that.
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Post by Jennifer Allsbrook » 05 Apr 2017, 12:42

gali wrote:In most books, a romance is developed between the main characters. I was surprised no such thing happened here, between Haatim and Abigail, but maybe it will in the next books. Would you like it? So you like a romance in action books, or do you prefer stories that omit the romance aspect?
Being a lover of romantic fiction, I would enjoy to see a relationship develop between Haatim and Abigail. They built a strong friendship and developed mutual respect as the story progressed. I can see a potential for their relationship to become romantic but it would not make a break the story for me.

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Post by christinac_2585 » 05 Apr 2017, 13:01

Jennifer Allsbrook wrote:
gali wrote:In most books, a romance is developed between the main characters. I was surprised no such thing happened here, between Haatim and Abigail, but maybe it will in the next books. Would you like it? So you like a romance in action books, or do you prefer stories that omit the romance aspect?
Being a lover of romantic fiction, I would enjoy to see a relationship develop between Haatim and Abigail. They built a strong friendship and developed mutual respect as the story progressed. I can see a potential for their relationship to become romantic but it would not make a break the story for me.
I agree. The story is great without the romantic aspect, but if that was to bloom in the second or third book I would not mind at all. I just wouldn't like it if it becomes just about the romance and not the actual storyline.
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Post by James Craft » 05 Apr 2017, 14:51

christinac_2585 wrote:
Jennifer Allsbrook wrote:
gali wrote:In most books, a romance is developed between the main characters. I was surprised no such thing happened here, between Haatim and Abigail, but maybe it will in the next books. Would you like it? So you like a romance in action books, or do you prefer stories that omit the romance aspect?
Being a lover of romantic fiction, I would enjoy to see a relationship develop between Haatim and Abigail. They built a strong friendship and developed mutual respect as the story progressed. I can see a potential for their relationship to become romantic but it would not make a break the story for me.
I agree. The story is great without the romantic aspect, but if that was to bloom in the second or third book I would not mind at all. I just wouldn't like it if it becomes just about the romance and not the actual storyline.
Yeah, I would like to see the romance come a little later in the series. Then it would mean more!

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Post by dhwanis » 06 Apr 2017, 01:00

I like the fact that there is no Romance in it. It would have been a mistake to force the protagonists into a relation just because they are leads.

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Post by Vermont Reviews » 06 Apr 2017, 01:16

Thimble wrote:Unless I'm reading a romantic story, I prefer there not to be a romance. Exclusions to this would be if the series is long and the romance is integral to the plot in some way. Most of the times authors put female characters in a book just so there's a side romance. I appreciated that there wasn't romance between Haatim and Abigail. Also, I really don't see them working out as a couple anyway.

I liked this response and agree.

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Post by Lest92 » 06 Apr 2017, 06:31

I think it's refreshing when there is no romance because it's become so expected in stories.

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