Readers…be honest here. Sure, some author’s feelings might get hurt, and they might even be mine! But in the interest of providing YOU with the best reading entertainment, it’s important for authors to know what you like — and what you don’t like in romance novels.
Today, let’s chat about plots, or specifically, about those over-used storylines that keep coming up time after time, in contemporary era, historical romances, and futuristic novels…the same over-done plot devices that we’ve all read more than a few times.
First, let me say this. Any plot — even the most well-used, over-done one — can be exciting and fresh in the hands of a skilled author who knows how to tell a story. Interesting characters can make an “old story” look new, and interesting little twists and turns can have us guessing all over again, even when the basic storyline is a familiar one.
Still, when we’re browsing for our next romantic read, I suspect many of us steer clear of certain well-worn ideas, simply because we have seen them so often in the past.
So, readers, what have you had enough of? Are you going to pull out your hair if you pick up one more “secret baby” book? Do you roll your eyes when you read a blurb about another character suffering amnesia? Do you shake your head and sigh when yet another author comes up with a female disguised as a male…for whatever reason?
Let’s talk about it!