Today we're joined by author Megan Mulry, whose Roulette was released last week. Roulette has a heroine who is struggling to live a normal life, given that she is descended from two very famous parents. And then she meets the hero, a famous man in his own right, and they don't exactly click right away. Megan is here to talk about meet-not-cutes where the hero and heroine have an awkward—or worse—first meeting. Thanks, Megan!
Some of my favorite love stories have the most horrible beginnings. In fact, the more the characters dislike each other at the start, the more I love it at the finish. My perverse desire to see protagonists who rattle each other’s cages probably goes back to Pride and Prejudice: who could forget the enchanting remarks of Mr. Darcy upon being asked to consider a dance with Eliza Bennet, “I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men.” What a charmer!
There are a few things to look for in I-Hate-You Classics, like Sweet Savage Love and Whitney, My Love. First off, despite their titles, there’s not a lot of love until pretty far into the story. In fact, sometimes the declaration doesn’t happen until the very last chapter. In several of my books, I aspire to these levels of protracted frustration, but I usually stumble because, let’s face it, I really really really want my characters to get it together, baby! On the other hand, I always keep in mind one of the tried-and-true elements of the hate classics: hostility does not prevent characters from being wildly and recklessly attracted to each other. In fact, in the I-Hate-You pantheon, the hero and heroine (or hero and hero, or heroine and heroine) usually go right on insulting each other even after they’ve burned the bed a couple of times. As I began my search for some current examples, it turns out I didn’t have to look far!