How far away from Cinderella is modern romance?
I write romance, contemporary romance, erotic romance, with sometimes a twist of suspense, mystery, or the paranormal.
The reason I write romance is because I like happy endings. I know lots of authors who do. Somehow for me, the harshness of modern life has the edge dulled by my writing romance. Perhaps readers can identify with that feeling? Maybe that is why romance novels are some of the most popular books around.
What is nicer than when the guy gets the girl or the girl gets the guy?
In my book ‘Millie Reinvented’ I actually have a group of women friends who love the central male character August, and they want him to have the woman he loves. They even say it.
‘We have to help him. August has to get the girl just like in the movies. I want him to be happy; he’s so bloody gorgeous and kind. Who’s in it with me?”
They all nodded. “What’s the plan?” Samantha said.’
I write love stories. They are sometimes based on real people I have noticed in everyday life and something about them has sparked a story idea in my mind.
I sometimes see an unhappy situation and in my story I give it a happy ending.
I give lonely people someone who loves them and within my stories I explore the human condition. Loneliness, the need for companionship, the need to belong, are often themes within my stories.
When I was a teenager we had to study various genres in high school. I fell in love with the romance genre where the happy ending was used. At the risk of offending the staunch fans of Jane AustenI have always thought her stories were like Cinderella. There at the end of the trials and worries, against all odds in her most famous novels comes the happy ending. The lovers unite, or failing that they are loved by someone who they suddenly find themselves in love with.
When it came to Shakespeare the play we studied was Romeo and Juliet. I loved the play but was constantly re-writing the ending in my mind so that it had a happy ending. I am constantly saving the lonely and careworn in books and movies I read or watch. Why is that?
Many modern romance novels could easily be compared with Cinderella. The deserving lover is united with the one they love. It might take a little while to get there but in the end that little buzz of satisfaction that someone has love never fails to warm my heart.