The thing about romances

Danny and Vi… and others

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Hello, fellow dreamers. So, ever since I’ve been struck by the idea of bringing a romance to life, I thought about how I wanted to make it as realistic as possible. I noticed that quite often romance novels and films have cliches, and quite a lot of them. I want to do my best to avoid them. One of the things I noticed is that the main characters of romances often end up focusing on just their love interest, as though they were the focal point of their lives. And that’s one thing I don’t like because although it’s highly possible for lovers in real life to go head-over-heels for each other (I would know; I’ve been there myself), real life people have their own issues outside of their relationships.

I also want there to be more people involved. Perhaps I’ve been reading the wrong novels, but I also noticed that the main characters often have most of their interactions with their love interest and a best friend. Maybe a young character will have their parents to talk to, but other than that, I never see other interactions. The environment I placed my characters in wouldn’t allow for them to just interact with each other. They will have groups of friends that they will spend time with, and perhaps that’s how they meet. I don’t have everything planned out yet, but this is just me racking up ideas on how to avoid cliches.

There are other things that I will try to avoid, but these are the two top things I have in my head. What do you think? Is it reasonable for authors to portray a romance character’s life as revolving primarily around their interest? And  do authors neglect interactions with background characters for good reasons?

This was quickly written, as I still do have limited time to write these, but I hope to have more leisure time soon.

j.x

Anton

Antonio ‘Anton’ Zenkhara is an amnesiac. He woke up in a hotel room with a blonde woman sat patiently on his bedside. When asked who she was, she quickly responded by telling him she needed to go to work. Shortly after her departure, Anton caught himself a flight to Los Angeles, leaving with only the keys and wallet that the woman left him with. He has been travelling ever since, having no primary residence.

In spite of him being unsure as to whether or not he would ever see the mysterious woman again, he has come across her in multiple cities around the world. He eventually came to know this woman as Leslie. On one of his brief visits to Monaco, she caught Anton drenched in the pouring rain with a cigarette. Due to his frail appearance, she insisted he stay in her hotel room for one night to let her take care of him. The following morning he woke up and later found Leslie dead across the bathroom floor. Investigators say she died of an asthma attack.

When in Germany, Anton owned a car which, at one point, required maintenance. He did some of the work himself, only to have completely fixed it himself. He came to the realisation that he knows cars well, and he decided to use this as an advantage to get a job, even though his bank account was proof he wouldn’t need one. Working primarily as an auto-mechanic, he also offers to fix other things, such as clocks and music boxes.
About a year after waking up with no clear memory, he came across a broken music box during one of his visits to Alaska. He has yet to fix it.

Anton was in Japan when a man found him fixing a car and asked him to work with some of the street racers. His first street racing client was a woman named Mika, who introduced him to the concept of ‘one-night stands’. Since then, he has met the street racing crew on multiple occasions around the world. They are, in a sense, his only friends.