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 Post subject: A writing question for everyone
PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:48 pm 
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As I prepare for this years National Novel Writing Month, I have in mind the story that I want to write. My question for you all is, as readers, do you like earth-shatteringly emotional stories?

ETA: also, how do you feel about rape in the background of the heroine?

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 Post subject: Re: A writing question for everyone
PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 1:02 am 
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Muffin--I like books that are highly emotional. Storylines where either or both of the main characters have suffered trauma in their lives gives the story more depth and resonance. I am drawn to storylines where the H or h has had a life-altering disease and how they bring themselves to fight instead of giving in to despair.

To answer your question regarding rape in the heroine's background: As ugly as it is, rape is a fact in the lives of many women. How they deal with the aftermath can help those of us untouched by this horrible crime better understand its affect.

All this being said, as a romance reader, I think an HEA is paramount. Granted, all outcomes are not happy, but since a lot of people read for entertainment, ending a story on an upbeat note makes us all feel better.

Good luck and best wishes...HR


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 Post subject: Re: A writing question for everyone
PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:54 am 
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Muffin,

Good Luck!

I have to admit that it depends on my mood if I want to read a book is highly emotional. Sometimes depending on what is happening in my life I want something light.

I guess it would be how the rape was brought up in the book? I'm not a fan of rape.


I was shocked when Maya Banks did this in her KGI series.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:08 pm 
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I like very emotional stories.
As for a heroine who has been raped, I'm not sure .It can be part of her background that influences her present life and that might be important to the conflict .

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 Post subject: Re: A writing question for everyone
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:50 am 
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Here's my two cents.

I have to be in the right frame of mind to read a very emotional book. Judith McNaught comes to mind because I am bawling while reading them. And they take an emotional toll on me. My goal for the summer was to read Gone With the Wind, but I wasn't up to it mentally.

As to rape or abuse in the H/h background--while sad, it's okay as long as the person turns it around. Bad things happen to good people--it's important to move on and still grow as a person. As long as that happens, I enjoy those stories. I love to see a herione become a kicka$$ and not allow history to repeat itself. HEA's are important to me.

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 Post subject: Re: A writing question for everyone
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 1:20 am 
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I love emotional books, but I do want the HEA. LH's Cry No More comes to mind.

Sandra Brown wrote a book, Breath of Scandal, that involved the rape of a teenager who left town and came back to get her revenge. Yeah, I liked that one. Gone are the days when I wanted my heroine to be a virgin. Some time in the last forty years I grew up. :lol:

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:57 am 
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Heh. Well the heroine I'll be using was kick ass until the rape and the guy she was falling in love with was killed trying to protect her, or so she thought. So the premise of the story is picking up the pieces, finding one another again, revenge and a surprise twist for either the hero or heroine, I'm not sure which, since she doesn't know who fathered her and the hero doesn't know either of his parents. It's a medieval so I have a nice twist in mind.

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 Post subject: Re: A writing question for everyone
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Muffin. Here is my viewpoint.

I read to escape, to feel good about what I am reading and to say "there's a person I could like".

I just can't do rape in any way shape or form. I have known several rape victims and. It just hits to close to home for me. If there is rape, I simply put the book back.

I've read some where there is a degree of physical abuse but it was very mild. Mean lemans, servants etc.

I prefer highly erotic love scenes but there has to be a plot and interesting cbaracters. I hate those tstl heroines where you want to scream at them to grow up.

I really like the time travel in medieval or civil war periods and of course highlander.

Getting back to the rape. Sorry but its a complete turnoff for me. Also continual miscommunication gets boring after awhile. Nobody can get their wires crossed that much!!!!

Joanna lindsey wrote some wonderful books which I've kept.

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Muffin,

First off I want to say Good Luck.

From my view point as a reader I always say if it is part of the story than its part of the story. I just hate it when something is thrown in just to say it's there, like sex in a book just so it can be said its there.

Now I want to say my experience as a writer is limited, I have only one book out so I can only say this from that "time frame".
My view point as a writer is the same though. Think of it this way, if you were telling your story you could not change something like who you parents are, etc... Its your back story, its what makes you who you are, it influences how you do things, why you do those things. Does that make since?
Or maybe think of it this way. If you are making "chocolate cake" and the "rape" is the chocolate if you leave it out then you don't have chocolate cake, you just have a cake. Now if the "rape" is the flour, and its taken out, then you have no cake at all.

I hope this helps, Good luck,
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Thanks Rachel. If nothing else, I should write this for me. I've been trying to tell this story in a role play game for three years and it's not panning out, I'd like my heroine to have her happy ending, lol.

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muffin wrote:
Thanks Rachel. If nothing else, I should write this for me. I've been trying to tell this story in a role play game for three years and it's not panning out, I'd like my heroine to have her happy ending, lol.


Your very welcome. I did not know if my help would help, since I don't have much experience but I wanted to try.

My current story I have been writing for more than three years, my plan is to finish before the end of the year.
My Romance "CHANGING THE RULES" was the first I had the courage to type "The End" on and send in so far.
Its not easy to lay it all out there for people. You hope everyone loves your Romance stories, but know deep down that is not possible, and that is heartbreaking. Because any story you write is your baby, your creation.

I read an article in a writing magazine that said you should write as if no one will read what you write. I don't know if this works for everyone but that was how I wrote "CHANGING THE RULES". Then when someone wanted to read it I was terrified that they would not like it, I still am. As a creator of anything you want people to like what you create.

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