L is for Love

This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z challenge–blogging every day in the month of April (except Sundays!) with each letter of the alphabet.

As a romance author, I write a lot about love. I also write urban fantasy, which, while it’s not exactly like romance, love relationships tend to trickle in. And, I also write erotica, which of course is more about sex, but love can certainly play a part too.

But is writing about love solely the domain of the romance author?

I would argue that love trickles into just about every kind of entertainment we consume. All genres of writing can include love elements. It stretches beyond that to movies and TV, too. Oftentimes, in the most ‘non-romancey’ pieces of entertainment love still leaks in–the action movie with a hero who is doing it all for his wife and family, the mystery novel where the detective wants to avenge his murdered girlfriend, the sci-fi loner trying to rescue the space princess. Many stories would be romances if they were told from another character’s perspective. Try it sometime with your favorite non-romance book or movie: can you find the character that’s living in a romance novel?

Love seeps in to all our entertainment because human lives are filled with it–pursuing love, finding love, making love, keeping love. We are creatures in love with love and we all want someone by our sides. Maybe life is a whole lot less glamorous than a romance novel, but then, maybe you’re not looking at it through the right character’s eyes. Writing about love is just a natural extension of ourselves.

Where do you find love popping up in a non-romance context? Do you agree that life is full of love, and so is our entertainment as a result?

15 comments

  1. I like the idea of finding which character is actually in a romance. šŸ™‚ Fun game!

    And I agree that love seeps in to just about any story, whether it’s in a friend love kind of way or romantic love kind of way, it’s bound to pop up in any story. And it’s fun to write, or at least I think so.

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  2. Hi Megan, I suppose the love that I’m going to mention is the father daughter one, but in a reverse context. My Dad is in his eighties, frail, and on his own now that Mum has passed. And it’s only now that he needs me and my sisters to help him, that I can really appreciate all that he and Mum did for us when we were children. We’re very lucky, he’s a joy to help, and I know that not everyone with elderly parents can say that.

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  3. Love is vital to life and life without love just isn’t worth living. We experience all sorts of love: self-love, motherly love, friendship love. I also feel a love from the universe. We are continuously surrounded by love.

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