That's hilarious! Since you mention it, can't stand the 'romantic interlude while Armageddon's round the corner' scenario myself!NogDog said:None of the above?
I know: typical guy. I'm not against a little romance in any genre, as long as it does not dominate. What I don't like is some action-oriented story where characters are running around virtually in a panic to solve some world-threatening crisis, meet each other, immediately fall in lust with each other, and then find the time to to consummate the relationship, trusting the world not to self-destruct while they're busy being romantic (and more).
Hmm...I think I just described 90% of summer block-buster movies.
Sandra, I agree. Just wondered if there were any sub-genres preferred as much as fantasy. I see such a profusion of interesting fantasy themes, that I wonder if realistic fiction has as many takers.Sandra Edwards said:For readers who enjoy romantic themes, I don't think there's a sub-genre that doesn't mix well---except maybe horror. lol. Other than that, if the author's talented I think most any sub-genre works well
Rick Reed's IM is a wonderful m/m romance involving a cop, his love interest and a serial killer. I loved it and some parts of it scared the stuff out of me ...Sandra Edwards said:For readers who enjoy romantic themes, I don't think there's a sub-genre that doesn't mix well---except maybe horror. lol. Other than that, if the author's talented I think most any sub-genre works well
Will check it out, thanks!Geoffrey said:Rick Reed's IM is a wonderful m/m romance involving a cop, his love interest and a serial killer. I loved it and some parts of it scared the stuff out of me ...
I hear you! And I keep worrying that their moans of ecstasy will bring the killer to their doorstep. Irritating.theraven said:I think romance can be worked into any other genre ... depending on how it's done. I've read romantic suspenses, mysteries and thrillers where the romance added a lot to the book and in getting to know the characters and in other books I've found it annoying and unbelievable ... like when a killer is chasing the couple and for some unknown reason that seems like the perfect time for a hot-and-heavy sex scene. Nothing says romance like having in sex in the woods while trying to allude a killer.
Yes...sort of like Victoria Holt's books, which I still read over and again. Will look up the writers you mention.Ann Herrick said:I like romance in mysteries--in fact, I generally don't read mysteries unless they are as much character-driven as plot-driven. I like Susan Isaacs books (especially After These Years) and Shirley Tallman's Sarah Woolson mysteries.
I'm not sure I'd call that "horror" so much as "romantic suspense"Geoffrey said:Rick Reed's IM is a wonderful m/m romance involving a cop, his love interest and a serial killer. I loved it and some parts of it scared the stuff out of me ...
You make a good point. I did read 'Don't look down' and enjoyed it. I've always thought of the love story first. While plot is certainly the point of a work of fiction, I never thought of it quite as clearly. Thanks!Bob Mayer said:Men and women think very differently about romance. The thing I learned writing with Jenny Crusie is that even though there is a romance, usually the other factor drives the plot, so it's important. If it's romantic-suspense, the suspense plot is key. Paranormal romance, it's the paranormal.
LOL!!!Dara England said:I'm partial to romantic suspense. I like to see people's lives endangered.
Just wondered if people prefer a specific genre to lead the plot of the story. More Fantasy/romance or Sagas, romantic suspense or relationship crises like Emily Giffin protrays. Do readers read across all genres or find some more compelling than others?CJArcher said:As a reader, I like there to be a romance in all genres I read and I read a wide variety - fantasy, historical, suspense, mystery, chick-lit. But it's got to be believable and have a decent conflict. Nothing is more boring than reading about a couple who like each other and fall in love with no obstacles in their way keeping them apart.
Are you asking about a specific genre in particular?