Today we're joined by author Isabel Cooper, whose Legend of the Highland Dragon combines Victorian England with dragons, intrigue, and plenty of romance. It's a natural, then, that Isabel would look for connections between disparate genres, and today she talks about what the horror and romance genres have in common. Thanks, Isabel!
Horror and romance have a lot in common.
Seriously. For one thing, they’re the only two fiction genres traditionally defined by emotion: you can’t walk into a bookstore and find a shelf of Books That Will Make You Cry. For another, they’re the two genres of fiction that get the most crap from people outside said genres—maybe because of that. Horror will corrupt our children and romance will corrupt our women and, y’know, they’re not Real Literature Really. They’re too visceral to be nice. That’s a third thing they share. Horror and romance both hit you where you live, if they’re done right.
And they bleed into each other a lot. Obviously there’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight and a whole bunch of fiction, these days, which is explicitly romance featuring vampires or werewolves or other things that would traditionally be trying to kill you. (And much of this fiction is awesome: I spent way more time crying over Season 2 of Buffy than I will ever admit.) Even in the more traditional books, though, the “pure” examples of one genre or another, there’s often a little crossover.