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October 11 2017

Love Wins (With a Little Work)—and Romance Teaches Us How

Romances have a happy ending, that's a given—no arguments, dammit!—but those endings in older books can seem pretty whack to someone reading them now. In the early days of Mills...
August 28 2017

What Couple Overcame the Most Insurmountable Odds?

Many times in romance, the main thing keeping the couple apart is the couple in question. They had a big misunderstanding, or the perceived unequal power dynamic is too much for society to handle, or...
July 10 2017

Can a Romance Have a Bittersweet Ending?

In movies, many endings aren't sweet, but bittersweet. Last year's Me Before You, which is both a movie and a book, gave us a very bittersweet ending—one we couldn't stop talking about....
May 24 2017

Will Elizabeth Swann Get the Happy Ever After She Deserves in New Pirates of the Caribbean?

Will Elizabeth and Will End Up Together Forever? It’s summer, time for another installment in the iconic Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Take your eyes off of Jack Sparrow for a moment...
Mala Bhattacharjee
May 23 2017

Dirty Dancing’s Johnny and Baby Last Forever—And You Can’t Tell Us Any Different!

Baby and Johnny live happily ever after. Sure, it’s easy to write off the events of 1987’s beloved Dirty Dancing as a beautiful summer fling set to a kickass 1960s soundtrack—most...
April 11 2017

The Greatest Love Stories That Didn’t End Happily

What love stories didn't end happily? (In case you couldn't guess from the post title, we will be talking about the endings of books... especially books that didn't end happily....
March 18 2017

Death, the After Life... and Romance?

The main rule of the romance genre is an HEA—happily ever after. It’s surprising then, how the genre deals with death. A number of novels use the threat of death as a plot device—looking...
March 13 2017

When the HEA Isn’t Quite What We Expect: Unusual Happily-Ever-Afters!

Today we're thrilled to welcome Lorraine Heath (When the Marquess Falls) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. In romance, we know we get a Happily Ever After, but sometimes that HEA is a little more...
January 25 2017

Is There Still a Difference Between HEA and HFN?

Once upon a time... there was a big difference between happy-ever-after and happy-for-now—it usually involved wedding bells and babies. However, now the line is more blurred than it once...
September 14 2016

When Your Favorite Ship Sinks: Friends Forever (Gosh Darn It)

Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for fans who are not caught up on (or have never read) Once Upon a Time (especially FrankenWolf shippers), Little Women, Avengers: Age of Ultron,...
August 2 2016

Has a Book Ever Had Too Many “Endings”?

Much like the final Lord of the Rings movie installment, which could have ended rougly five times, some books have places with obvious endings. For some reason or another, the other chooses to...
June 6 2016

The Controversy of an HEA: Why I Like It When A Court of Mist and Fury Flipped The Script

Necessary spoiler tag is necessary. We're talking about the HEA (Happily Ever After) of A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, which of course comes at the end of the book so be warned,...
May 25 2016

To What Lengths Will You Go to Find Out If There’s An HEA?

via GIPHY Unlike The Librarian on The Magicians, I am not opposed to spoilers, especially when it comes to finding out if a series ends happily. Here's the scene: You are about to start...
Nicola R. White
May 12 2016

Why Romance is the Perfect Place to Tackle Tough Issues

Like all art, romance novels imitate life to a certain degree. They hold a mirror up to society, reflecting norms and stereotypes back to us. In the 70s, romance often featured aggressive heroes...
April 22 2016

What Do You Think When You Hear Something is a “Romeo and Juliet” Story?

Recently we got into a discussion of what people could think when someone says “It's a Romeo and Juliet story.” For the most part, the consensus was that it held a stronger connotation...
March 25 2016

On Happily Ever Afters & Reading Addictions: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special...
March 23 2016

Happily Never After, and the Changing Nature of the Romance Novel

Spoiler Warning: To talk about the changing nature of the romance novel and the romance covenant's cardinal rule: The Happy Ever After, we will be discussing spoilers, including The Shadows...
March 18 2016

What Drama Have You Wanted to Give an HEA to?

Some dramas don't end well. Some dramas do, but by their nature... they usually don't. Recently in romance, we've been discussing the Happily Ever After: a hard and fast rule in the...
September 9 2015

Christina Lauren Share Bonus Second Epilogue from Beautiful Secret

Earlier today on Natasha is a Book Junkie, the authors behind the Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, Christina Lauren, shared a special second, bonus epilogue from the book that bridged the two series...
April 29 2015

Little (Old) Women: The Women of Rosamunde Pilcher Multi-Generational Stories

One afternoon after reading Glamour magazine a friend called to tell me about a book that was being recommended and that she felt I simply must buy. That book was September and it was my introduction...
November 17 2013

CE, POV, Stet: Decoding the Author

More and more, authors are engaging with readers online. It’s great to be able to tell a favorite author how much I love her work. Just as fun as the peek behind the scenes as an author is researching...
May 7 2013

Love Don’t Live Here Anymore: Top Films with No HEA and Why We Love (or Hate) Them

This post contains spoilers about the endings of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, 500 Days of Summer, The Notebook, and Love Story. Read with caution, and a box of tissues! Reading romance,...
August 28 2012

Wooing, Not Cooing: Why Do We Love to Read the Courtship?

Are you interested in the story once the hero and heroine have declared their undying love for one another? Many romance novel readers would say no. As would Lord Byron; check out what he wrote...
January 27 2012

Shall We Dance (Even if We Can’t Express Our Love)?

Chances are you’ve seen The King and I. At the very least, you know the story: Set in the Victorian era, a British woman is brought to Siam to be a governess to the King of Siam’s children....
January 25 2012

Heroic Ending: What Characters Should Find Love?

It seems like every character in a romance novel—even if they start out as the villain—eventually gets his or her own HEA (Happy Ever After). But what if the character, even if a protagonist,...