Friday, September 2, 2011
Some Thoughts On Contemporary Romances
People often ask what I am looking for in a contemporary. I was working a couple of days ago and had on some cheesy 80's ballads and this one came up and of course got me thinking.
One of the things that I honestly feel is missing with the contemporary romances today is the real sense of passion and relationship development. The stories seem to be all focused on over-the-top sex scenes, outrageous plot developments and "witty" dialogue. While these elements are certainly fine when used in the right places and the right time, the passion and the true romance is what seems to be missing.
I honestly remember this when it was live on TV and remember at that time how impressed I was at the drama and the clear sense of romance that was being played out on stage. Even though this is a break up song, you can still see the passion that was there, and honestly, if the right spark was in the right place and the right time, that passion would again show up.
If I were to place this song anywhere in the story, this is really toward the end of the story. We have seen all of the great things heading up to the romance, and then the dark moment shows up. If a writer has done a great job of building the romance, then this should be an amazing emotional scene.
So, you wanted to know what I want in contemporary romance? The passion that Neil and Babs have right here!