St, It’s a Wonderful Life, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Scrooge, etc. I’m calling it research. (I’m hiding as I confess this.) I’m watching hours of the Hallmark type Christmas stories. Do you know how many of those are on every day? I find it interesting. The stories read more like earlier romance. The h/h don’t kiss until the final scene when The End comes up. There’s no sex or sexual intimacy. There’s very little touching. There’s conflict, a plot that revolves around a conflict. The h/h goals and their conflict and a romance triangle. All is resolved in the end and we have the HEA ending. Usually the ending is the h/h kissing in front of Christmas trees and decorations. Sigh…
I enjoy these movies. They take you out of the world
we live in these days. I can’t believe the Christmas decorations in each movie.
The houses are lighted up inside and out. My house is decorated but nothing
like the movie houses. It takes you into a magical world. They’re feel-good
stories. The characters all smile, with their sparkling white teeth. But It’s
nice to see smiles. In the real-world smiles and laughter aren’t that common
these days. I’m wondering if maybe I need to write this type or romance. I
could still throw in a murder and a body but keep the romance more innocent
showing hope to the reader.
If you write romance – suspense, sci-fi- steampunk,
paranormal, whatever, what do you think? Should we go back in time and write
more about feelings and love than sexual conflict? I’d love to hear your
thoughts if you have a chance to share while getting ready for a different and non-hallmark Christmas..