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From a review of Elizabeth Hoyt's Wicked Intentions over on Dear Author:

"Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’ve been reading romances for too long. But I feel like sex has completely taken over character development. I mean, I like sex scenes, but if I wanted to read an erotica I would. What the hell happened to conversation? Tension? Building the longing? Where’s the freakin’ longing? This isn’t just a singular problem limited to this book or this author, but one that seems to have invaded every corner of Romancelandia. Character development is hard, but often the differences and similarities between the lovers are revealed in their interactions with each other. While those interactions can be sex, I find that without enough conversation and dialogue to balance that out, I don’t fully believe that they are in love. Does that make sense?"

Glory hallelujah. Someone just said what I've been thinking for years.

Date: 2010-08-26 11:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starshield.livejournal.com
Amen to this.

I need a nice, big build up between the two main characters, so that when they finally kiss I get a little thrill myself! Having their interactions be mainly sexual ruins the build.

Date: 2010-08-26 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] christinex1001.livejournal.com
I'm all about the big build-up, too. When I see people getting their freak on in the first six or seven pages of a romance novel, I find myself thinking, 'And I'm supposed to care exactly why?'

Date: 2010-08-26 03:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zagzagael.livejournal.com
Absolutely~! I think alot of this has to do with fanfiction, the quick fix and writers thinking that erotica is Romance. It's ain't. Plus...building character and tension is hard work!

Date: 2010-08-26 11:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] christinex1001.livejournal.com
You know, I never thought about the fanfic angle, but I can see what you mean.

Of course, I make people wait for sex in my fanfic, too, but I guess I'm the exception. ;-)

It is hard work. I guess that's what makes the payoff so much better when it does come.

Date: 2010-08-29 02:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thefragile7393.livejournal.com
I'm glad you're still here!

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