Monday, February 10, 2014
The Mystery of Romance Fiction
That's true, as it is in mystery fiction, biographies, and a number of other genres. But I contend that romance readers are into the genre for the ride, and in order to get the most out of the ride (watching person A get together with person B), we go into the books thinking in this one romance the unthinkable might happen: There won't be a happily ever after. And it's this self-deception that makes the book even more enjoyable.
Lane Hayes in Better Than Chance destroys even that little bit of self-deception by making his first person narrator tell the ending the of the story before relating the story itself. If you'd asked me before I reviewed this book, if I thought revealing the ending of a romance book would bother me, I would have said no. But it did.
All the way through I kept waiting for something to surprise me, but nothing did. And when I finished reading, I kept wondering why the book felt so blah to me. I finally figured out that I like the little bit of suspense when I'm not quite sure that person A really will end up with person B or if this time, there will be no happy ending for anyone.