Can’t Have It All: On HFNs

Photo by Gulan Bollsay on Flickr
Photo by Gulan Bollsay on Flickr

I’ve been thinking about how to turn my love of romance novels and the love story in general and my need to explore the dark side of humanity into something that I, and hopefully others, would like to read. How would one go about doing that?

I know that there is such a term as ‘dark romance’ and I have read a few of them, but it’s not something I’m really interested in writing. I feel like the genre takes dark impulses in every human being and amplifies them  to the point where it’s monstrous and that is not necessarily what I am looking to write at this time.

I suppose I want to write about the messy side of love. I read a lot of romance novels and they all get tied up neatly or the HEA if you will. Thinking about it there is the HFN label. I haven’t explored that sub-category (?) yet. I think that will be next reading assignment.


What about you? Do you have problems with the romance genre? Are they any HFN (Happy for Now) romance novels you’d like to recommend this merry reader?

Thoughts about Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

So I finished reading Wallbanger yesterday. I absolutely loved it. My review wasn’t very substantial so I’m not posting it here.

But I was thinking about the fact that the book is categorized as erotica. I mean it has sex in it but it’s not like the other erotica I’ve read (Which admittedly is about two or three). The focus in this story was more the growing relationship between Caroline and Simon. I think it’s more like a romance than an erotica. Hell perhaps erotic romance? The sex didn’t seem to take up a substantial portion of the story. I feel like Caroline regaining her O was more of a subplot to the romance.

I would categorize Wallbanger as chick lit as well. It reminds me of the genre and I definitely think it’s a romantic comedy.

I think way too much about labels.