Romances – do you like them short or long?
In the way of updates:
The other day I turned in my revisions of SURRENDER OF A SIREN – so that’s one thing crossed off the list! And now I can turn my complete attention toward wrapping up A LADY OF PERSUASION.
To answer a few questions from the comment thread last week – Yes, we are really taking the darelings on a 14-hour plane trip the day after I return from Nationals. Yikes. And the picture I posted last week was taken on the island of Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands. Gorgeous, isn’t it?
Here’s something on my mind this week: In some conversation on a romance bulletin board (can’t remember exactly where and when), I read someone complaining that she had trouble buying into a book’s Happily Ever After when all the action of a book takes place over an extremely short time – in this case, I think she cited a timeframe of about a week. This reader preferred books where the romance develops over months, because that helped her believe in the HEA.
This got me thinking about my own books and my own reading preferences. It’s funny–on first thought, I would have categorized my books in the “short, intense” column, as opposed to the “get-to-know-you-slowly” group. But when I started thinking about it, I realized they’re not that short. In both GODDESS and SIREN, the action takes place over about five or six weeks, and the hero and heroine of GODDESS have known one another for years before the book even starts. In LADY, there are about 2-1/2 months between page one and page three-hundred-somethin’.
But in all three cases, there’s a window of one or two weeks where all the good stuff happens, *grin*. And I don’t have any problem reading books with short timeframes and believing in the HEA, if the characterization supports it.
This is probably because my own romance with Mr. Dare was such a whirlwind. I think I once calculated that we’d spent fewer than ten days in one another’s physical presence before we got engaged – although those days were spread out over a few months. (However, I’d decided I was going to marry him after day 3 or 4.) And here we are six years into our own HEA – so I really don’t have any difficulty believing in instant attraction and short roads to commitment.
How about you? Do you prefer to read and write romances that are short-fuse explosions of lurve? Or do you prefer the slow burn over months, or even years?