Diamond State Romance Authors

Breaking the Rules


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:

  1. There is always a happily ever after. PERIOD.
  2. At his core, the hero is a gentleman (even if he doesn’t always behave like one!)
  3. 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?