Saturday, February 24, 2007
Romance readers tend to be informed, voracious reader who know what they want and are willing to buy it--in bulk. So what do you need to do to satisfy the romance reader? Well of course this is no generic romance reader but there are certainly some things that will please many, and some that will only please a few--and I think the wise author should know the difference.
One comment I know I have received on several occasions is that many readers very much want to see both sides of a romance--they want scenes from the point of view (POV) of all of the main characters. Romance is about aligning two (or more) people's dreams and expectations and it seems most satisfying to have a window into both (or all) main character's lives.
Personally I tend to like to stick with one person's point of view and if the object of their affections acts in a way that baffles them then I stick with that confusion and frustration--but what is satisfying for me as a writer is not necessarily going to work for the reader. And genre fiction is essentially a "pull" economy that, although it is inspired by the creativity of writers, exists to cater to the needs of readers. I also have two books I really want to write that are heterosexual romances entirely from the male point of view. But who, I wonder, is going to want to read them? Will I be satisfying my own needs more than that of my potential reader?
So, what point of view do you like to write... and/or to read? First or third, one POV or two... and whose?
p.s. If you want to see how many people are visiting this blog check out topblogsites