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Re: Mix of Genres

Post by Cara Van Heerden » 09 Jul 2018, 15:09

In my opinion, romance is best when pared with another genre or multiple genres. The author has to balance the romance with other elements or the story starts to feel way too cliche and cheesy. Sometimes this doesn't work out well, but when it's done right, it makes for an excellent book.
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Post by bobbiebryner » 11 Jul 2018, 13:59

I think that the mix of genres did hurt the story a bit. The romance seemed a little too quick for a serious thriller/mystery story. Romance novels tend to have the attraction and desire occur early on and the characters consider their feelings for each other. Thriller/mystery stories tend to have a more serious theme with life-threatening events which tend to thrust characters into situations that require them to trust and rely on each other. The characters usually express their feelings at the end after the mystery is resolved and the threat of life-or-death is over. Having these two genres mix makes the romance seem cheesy and forced. Seriously, who lets a stranger with a gun spend the night after knowing each other for a few hours? It also makes the mystery seem less threatening. After all, if you are going to make crazy decisions like that, do you really deserve to solve the mystery? Add in the paranormal aspect, and it seems totally bizarre. Why doesn't anyone think that there are serious mental health issues here at play? And why are all the characters just accepting that these things are happening? There isn't enough doubt or denial to make this seem believable. I am a fan of all these genres, but mixing them together in such a short story doesn't work well.

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Post by HouseOfAtticus » 12 Jul 2018, 11:28

I loved the historical aspect in this. <3

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Post by Bookwormgirl1 » 12 Jul 2018, 11:40

I haven't read the book yet, but that many different genres sounds as though it might be confusing!

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Post by LaurenHaupt » 12 Jul 2018, 23:26

I like it when a book is blended. Even if you don't like one genre you can still get into the book.

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Post by Cardinalsparrow » 14 Jul 2018, 07:41

Romance is definitely the main theme and it suits it well, then there's history and a little bit of almost everything else which are secondary. In all it is beautifully knit together, almost inseparable

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Post by samiam013 » 15 Jul 2018, 13:15

I think Belle Ami does a very good job with intertwining all of these themes together in the book. The main theme overall, in my opinion, was romance. The other themes combine quite naturally throughout the story.
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Post by Rosemary Wright » Today, 03:07

It's actually a romance story, but the inclusion of history and mystery aided the flow and made the book more intriguing.

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Post by ValBookReviews » Today, 06:10

No, I do not believe that there are too many themes in this book because I find that romance stands out above all else. History and of course romance is what I liked best about the book. Indeed, romance overwhelmed the storyline, but I thinking that's the author's intent.
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