I recently read a rant on Twitter about how annoying it was when authors tweeted so-called writing rules—the things you should or shouldn’t do. It seems like there’s always an exception to every rule.
Romance has its own unwritten rules. I remember several years ago when an author told me what I could and couldn’t write in a romance novel. Now, I shudder to think what would be on the shelves if all authors had followed those same guidelines!
However, I think as individual readers, we have our own preconceived ideas about what a romance should include. My preconceived notions change constantly. Authors break romance rules all the time, because an excellent story doesn’t have to adhere to cookie-cutter standards.
Personally, I have three things that I do happen to look for in a good romance:
- There is always a happily ever after. PERIOD.
- At his core, the hero is a gentleman (even if he doesn’t always behave like one!)
- The hero and heroine never cheat on each other (again, my personal preference)
What rules do you expect romance to follow? And what rules do you like to see broken?