Mon
Dec 19 2016 8:09am

Do You Like Slow Burns?

Kulti by Mariana Zapata

Slow burn: that delicious attraction between characters that can take so long (but just the right amount) to actually light a spark. 

We see this term a lot in television where we want a couple to get together, but not for at least a few seasons (if we're lucky). In books, it can mean the couple goes from hate to love, and that takes three quarters of a book, or can take the majority of the series before a pair gets together. 

Do you like slow burns? What are your favorite examples of a slow burn? How slow do you like them? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

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9 comments
Jen Wattley
1. JenWattley
I live for slow burns. 7 seasons for Josh and Donna to get together. 10 years for Veronica and Logan to figure it out. I love them.

I also hate them. But mostly, I love them.
Heather Waters
2. HeatherWaters
@JenWattley -- SAME.

I raced through Mariana Zapata's Kulti and The Wall of Winnipeg and Me recently--she's so good at building your anticipation right up until the very end.
Risssaar
3. Risssaar
Absolutely but the pay off needs to be worth it - like with Logan x Veronica. And no more backsliding into will they or won't they afterwards - issues, problems, quarrels are still fair game but I need there to be forward momentum, my long investment in the couple needs to feel like it was rewarded by some real lasting development and growth.
PhoebeChase
4. PhoebeChase
I love a slow burn! Moonlighting is my favorite example from television. And tops on my list from books? KMM's Fever series. Best slow burn ever.
Risssaar
5. Lady A.
Zapata is the queen of slow burns. I love her last three books... Kulti the most :)
Kareni
6. Kareni
Another fan of Zapata here. I see she has a new book that came out on the 7th of December -- Wait for It.
Heather Waters
8. HeatherWaters
@Rissaar -- Agreed! I'm still upset with Supergirl for building up Kara/James and then in the season 2 premiere saying, pretty much, "never mind."
Risssaar
9. KT Gilbert
I've just discovered Mariana Zapata and I absolutely love her books. I started with Wait For It then worked backwards - don't ask - it worked for me! It surprises me how luch I love her books. I think I needed a change.
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