Today we're happy to welcome author Molly O'Keefe to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Molly's newest release, Crazy Thing Called Love, tells the rekindled romance between two formerly married people. So today we've asked her to come discuss bad marriages in romance novels. Thanks, Molly!
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My four-year-old daughter has become obsessed with my wedding album. Her sighs of delight over my dress and flowers stroke my inner princess. But a month ago when my six year old son had friends over, she insisted they play wedding. The boys declined, choosing to do their own thing—she dressed up anyway and waited for one of them to “win” and then announced that getting married to her “was the prize.”
I thought, “I need to put a stop to that.” But then realized I write the grown-up version of that same mythology. And while romance novels have evolved past the heroine waiting on the sidelines while the hero wins her love, marriage is often the romance novel end-game, the proof that the love the characters feel is real and will last. Marriage is a big part of the promise romance novels keep.
I began to wonder if the romance genre's treatment of marriage was relevant anymore. Or had it slipped into the fantasy land of sheiks, princes, waxed chests, and instant orgasms? Granted, many romances have eased away from the HEA=marriage and into the more realistic Happy For Now, but the door to marriage is wide open.