The damaged hero and heroine in romance is gaining momentum with readers for more reasons than we have room to list, particularly in the New Adult genre. Today's guest, author Season Vining, puts her finger on some of the reasons why we love reading about people with damaged lives, even though the read can be painful. Season's Beautiful Addictions offers both a damaged hero and heroine, and hopefully allows each of them to heal through loving the other. Thanks for being here, Season!
Many romantic stories–whether they be novels, movies, or television–involve people whom society deems as damaged. Individuals with troubled childhoods, nasty secrets, or miserable past relationships make up a large percentage of our beloved protagonists. There’s the painfully shy girl who never makes eye contact and hints at her discomfort in social situations, the man crippled with fear, the young woman who acts out, or the mysteriously dangerous guy who lets his anger and rage rule him. These tortured souls are only words on a page or actors on a screen, yet we find ourselves cheering them on. We don’t know them personally, but once we’re emerged into their stories, we feel tethered to their hurt. So, why do we do it? Why put ourselves through that?