This is going to be a bit Ranty so be warned!
Okay here’s a question to ponder Happily Ever After (HEA) or Happy for Now (HFN)? This is the trend that is apparently emerging in the Romance world. And something that has been bothering me. Because I read romance novels for the HEA, why? Because have you looked out the window? Life is messy, hard and most of the time sad. So why wouldn’t you want to read something that gives you hope? Most will argue that HFN is more realistic and HEA only fosters the illusion that love conquers all, well I am all here for that illusion! But what do HEA’s really do? It gives us hope for one thing. Hope that if/when we see ourselves in the heroine we can say to ourselves “I deserve to be loved just as much.” I deserve to have that man fight for me/ or chase me to the ends of the earth to prove his love if need be and will not settle for less.
True in a HEA love does conquer all death/sickness even infertility which sadly in the real word sometimes no matter how strong the love is that doesn’t work out that way. Nor do the good guys always win in real life. But that is real life, and while that is something we all must deal with but when we are paying, let me repeat that paying $7.99 for a book and are expecting a HEA you better believe there better be one, not a HFN or even dare I say it a cliff hanger! Because I don’t know about you be but for me my book budget is important to me and for me to and if I am willing to gamble on a new or new to me romance author then you had believed I expect them to deliver a HEA.
Another rumored trend that might be emerging more is cliff hangers or serial novels. Why? Just why? WHY?? I don’t understand this. Many people have speculated that some authors do this to make more money. If this is true I can’t say, but what I know is it annoys the hell out of me and avoid it like the plague. You will get me to buy more of your books with good writing and interesting storylines and super sexy times, even good sexy times I’m easy…. Hehe. You want me to break my kindle/phone/iPad by throwing it across the room in frustration and swear so bad that a sailor will blush then give me a book with a surprise cliffhanger. I read this book once (no I am not naming it) and it was amazon freebie which is sometimes how I find new author and it was amazing, a time traveling historical. And at half way through the book I decide to look up the author and see what else she had to offer and put some of her titles on my TBR list. Do you know what I found? That book I am reading the one I thought was awesome. Was part of a series. Which my first thought was okay, I like books that are a series I can go with it but then I read the description and found that the book was continuation of the first and there were six more books to continue that book. But I finished even though I was angry and ended up being left with a cliff hanger. I was willing to $4.99- $7.99 for a book from this author because her writing was good however I was not willing to spend that amount for a hundred and some page cliff hanger that I would have to then go on to buy another book just find out what happens! You might be about to say, “Well if one of your favorite authors did something like that you would still buy their book” Would I knowingly buy it knowing that it had a cliff hanger? No I would not. If I was tricked into buying it thinking a complete book then I would lose all trust in that author and stop supporting them. Another common thing I have been hearing Author’s selling their stories as HEA complete books when they are serials/cliff hangers or HFN. That is a NO just stop right there with that. Because as reader I am putting my trust in an author when I buy their book that they will deliver the following
- Super sexy times, sexy times in general or down right dirty times.
- Pants feelings all around
- A good story
- Happily, Ever After.
That is the expectation when I buy book, and that is the promise an author makes. You might tell me this unfair to put expectations an author. But we all do it. Think about if your go to buy a Stephen King novel what are you expecting? Or If you watch iZombie? What are expecting? You’re expecting Liv to eat some dead guy’s (gal) brains take on their personality and solve the mystery of their death. But what if she doesn’t do that? What if instead of a crime fighting Zombie she goes all walking dead on you and then screen just faded to black? No explanation. Or Stephen King doesn’t deliver the thrills? And at the end of the book you find something like “they got puppies and lived happily ever after” do you see what I’m getting at? we all have expectation on the things we like and yes while they do change (hello billionaire craze) Most of the things stay the same. HEA formula does not change. While I am not sure if this “trend” will catch on fully it is out there, the debate is out there. There are authors who will sneak that shit in or sneak in a surprise cliff hanger, that does not make it a romance novel, you have two people bang and then throw in a HFN or cliff hanger you cannot call it a romance novel.
I think I have ranted on long enough about this. I will close with however Someone brought up that When the Marquess Falls is part of this new trend because there is no HEA, I have read that book and oh yes there is. There is two HEA’s in fact for the hero and heroine. What am I talking about? The hero and heroine marry (that is one) Then (spoiler…. Maybe) While the heroine does die in the end so does the hero and they get to be together in death I consider that HEA number two. True the book will make a girl ugly cry worse than a Kardashian but the HEA is delivered (and worth it.)
So that is my ramble on the new trends/ and or rumors I have been hearing about. What do you think? Will it catch on? Would you even read any HFN or serials? Do consider those books to fall into romance category? I will leave you with those questions to ponder over the weekend.
Next week I should be back with more regular reviews. If you follow on me on IG you’ll know why I haven’t been posting this week. Have a great weekend! And Happy Reading!