Monday, March 12, 2012

Don't Cross that Line

I went to see a movie last night with a friend. It was a movie I’d already seen once—This Means War—and it got me thinking about stories between the pages versus stories on the screen. (Minor SPOILERS ahead!)

This Means War is a classic love triangle. I’m not sure why I’m so fascinated with love triangles. I think it’s the unpredictability that does it for me. And this movie had all the key elements that draw me in. I was enthralled, looking for clues as to who really loved the heroine the most and who deserved her love in return.

As much as I love romantic tension and an unfolding love story though, Hollywood movies sometimes get away with things we’d never allow in our fiction. In this case, the heroine learns at the end that both men are spies, but there’s never a moment of reckoning where the men are held accountable for lying to her, faking their dates, bugging her home, or—gasp—allowing their sexual encounters to be filmed and watched by a team of office techies.

I don’t care what genre of fiction you write or read—I don’t think we would tolerate that in a romance novel or urban fantasy without the hero going through hell to be redeemed. We’ll allow many things in the books we read, but I think readers draw the line at two things, heroines who are too stupid to live and heroes who betray the heroine and are never held accountable for their actions before the HEA.

What do you think? What are your boundaries in the fiction you read, both things that you need from a novel and things that are a definite no-no?

Thanks for visting!



  1. I agree Cassi! It's easier to forgive and suspend disbelief in a movie than it is in a book. I think because we spend more time witht he characters when we read... We're more invested...

    Great blog!

    Lisa :)

  2. Here here! I think with movies we're more likely to get caught up in the moment- then go back mentally and say. "Now waitaminute here!"

    But with books it's different and we notice it right off ;).

    Great post Cassi!

    Marie (stuck at work so I'm anonymous ;))