I’m not going to say anything profound here. I think everyone knows the industry is evolving. But I’m taking a stand. Genres suck. Like a hungry vampire on True Blood. *Shout out to sexy Eric* Isn’t he dreamy? Off topic…
I don’t like genres. This is why… I read a paranormal romance last weekend and the couple didn’t end up together! *Gasp* I know! Can I feel some outrage from the devoted paranormal peeps? I was devastated. It was a long book, too. It wasn’t always enjoyable, and I held out until the end. And then bam… I was shot in my romance-reading heart. No happy ending…
I know what the naysayers will argue. “Not every book has to have a happy ending.” I completely agree! But Romances should have a happy ending. That’s why I read them. What’s the point in reading something that doesn’t end with the hero and heroine in each other’s arms (preferably with an unplanned pregnancy they are both thrilled about)? The millions of people who read other genres will tell you. But that’s the whole point. If you don’t want to write a happy ending, there are genres willing to embrace you.
I appreciate other genres. I read all kinds of things. But I wonder if it’s too much to ask Romance writers to write happy endings? I understand some people want to write different stuff. I support that. I encourage it. But can there just be Paranormal? And if either the hero or heroine dies can it be called Paranormal Drama? So I know not to read it if I’m in the mood for happy.
I guess that’s my biggest complaint in all this. Last weekend I wanted to read a feel good book. Not a heartbreaking or heart wrenching one. Just a happy book. And I read three and they weren’t good. Not because they were bad, but because I wanted to read something happy! Not ending up together isn’t full of glee. In this case it gave me a serious case of pissed off.
It reminds me of my college experience. I wrote a short fiction piece and I had the hero and heroine end up together. My professor wrote that it was too predictable. So I ended up having the heroine wander off into the distance (Yes, I mean that literally… if I remember correctly there was fog and she disappears), which meant there was very little resolution. And looking back on it now I question what the point of the story was. This is probably a bad example because it was a horrible story, but my professor pushed me to do something different. Maybe some of us aren’t built for different. And thank goodness.
I watched a Christmas movie this weekend and it made me bawl. The Ultimate Gift. It’s the best Christmas movie I’ve ever seen! If you don’t have a thing for Drew Fuller, you should. I wouldn’t call it a Romance really. So it’s not as though I can’t take non-romances. I just want to know what to expect when I pick up a book. All I’d like is a disclaimer: This author does not write happy endings. Some people will say “Finally!” and pick it up. Others won’t. But the people who won’t pick it up aren’t going to be won over. There’s no point in tricking these readers into buying it. I’m never going to like a Romance without a happy ending.
To me, love is too realistic. We see it start and end every day. I get depressed enough that no one in Hollywood can keep a marriage together and then I get taunted by it in line at the grocery store. I’m a hopeless romantic.
So what does this post have to do with the title of this blog? It relates back to genres. If the genre was Romance I’d read paranormal, fantasy, horror, YA, suspense, historical or a tale of two space cowboys. It doesn’t matter to me. Just give me a compelling tale about two hearts that meld as one. Is that too much to ask?
What do you think about genre? Are you villagers with burning torches, or do you see where I’m going with this?