Top Ten Ways Authors convince readers the Hero is in love with the Heroine (and vice versa)
How do romance authors convince readers their fictional characters are falling in love?
1) Enough scenes together. (What ninny falls in love at one glance--and from a great distance? One Disney princess, for whom I have no professional respect. She shall remain unnamed.)
2) They talk. Really talk. Important characteristics are revealed. (It's hard to fall in love with a turnip. Even a gorgeous turnip.)
3) The heroine denies falling for him--or tries desperately to talk herself out of it. After all, it's a rotten idea, because...
4) She's the ONE woman he shouldn't fall for--because she brings up emotional stuff he doesn't want to address. (Universal fiction truth: No Conflict, No Story.)
5) Hero behaves like a man in love--in character, in gender-specific ways.
6) Even in G-Rated romances, physical attraction/awareness is part of falling in love. First or last, it must be there. Type? Boundaries? Determined by heat level and subgenre.
8) Nothing happens in a vacuum. A bad guy threatens the heroine's life, the hero is forced to act. The reader intuitively understands his motivation.
|Grand Gesture scene from Never Been Kissed. Source: Pinterest.|