I'm really excited to have author Coral Moore with me today on Romancing the Darkside. Coral is out promoting her new release, BROODS OF FENRIR, a shifter/werewolf urban fantasy with a little romance. I was blown away by this story and instantly became a fan. Don't be shy, say hello to Coral and don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win your very own copy of this fabulous book!
The Beating Heart of Romance
by Coral Moore
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d spend a little time talking about love, and more specifically, romance. The Romance Writers of America define a romance as having “a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying and optimistic ending.” Is that really all that romance is about?
According to that definition Romeo and Juliet, perhaps the most famous love story ever, was not a romance. Though not in style now, tragic love stories can be every bit as moving and even more powerful. Not sure you believe me? I don’t blame you. I’m a fan of the happy ending too.
To emphasize my point, I’m going to use a love story near and dear to the heart of paranormal lovers: Buffy and Angel. If you haven’t seen the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series and plan on doing so one day, you might want to look away. Here’s how it all goes down:
Girl who happens to be a vampire slayer meets mysterious and very hot boy. Boy saves her life a couple of times and acts like a real keeper. Boy turns out to be a centuries-old vampire. Oops. Well, we certainly can’t have that, bad news all around. They desperately try to stay away from each other, but they are already in love. More adventures take place and they save each other’s lives a few times. Until one fateful day after both almost dying they sleep together for the first time.
Boy loses his soul and gets turned back into the monster he started out as. Boy does terrible things to girl and her friends. Unfortunately girl still loves boy, but after a series of really terrible acts, we all want boy to die. Boy gets his soul back just as girl prepares to kill him. Boy doesn’t remember anything about the past few months. They share one wonderful moment, and then the girl realizes that she still has to kill boy in order to save the world. Cue one of the best kisses on television right before she runs him through with a sword.
*sniff* What a tear jerker. I cried so hard. This is only one arc in a much longer story, but the two lovebirds never do end up together. It’s a thoroughly tragic and at the same time wonderful love story, exploring so many facets of emotion. Anyone who can watch that story and think that it is somehow less just because it doesn’t end happily doesn’t appreciate the aspect at the center of every romance. Love is the beating heart of romance. Not all love ends with a smile. Every one of us knows that. Sometimes it ends in tears, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a good, even a great, story.
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