The Novel Matters women have gathered at the roundtable today with another question in mind. Or two. Maybe three. We don't keep that good of notes.
It goes something like this:
Okay ladies, we don't write romance novels. We don't read them--at least not many. But we all LIKE romance. Each of us is married to a hunky piece of heaven, right? We're living the romance.
So, what if you did write romance novels? What if you could write the perfect romance novel--the one that hit all your literary buttons--what would the premise be?
Romance is enduring, so there's bound to be more than one premise up your creative sleeves.
A man falls desperately in love with a woman he met online, he moves to a new city to be near her, and discovers she's a conjoined twin.
A happily married woman lives a completely different life when she goes to sleep, even being married to a different man, until she forgets which one is real.
Bonnie, you clever girl! I love both of those ideas. Please write them. Here are my offerings:
A couple's marriage is torn asunder by the wife's infidelity. Ten year after the divorce, they are still broken people, but they decide to mend together and remarry.
The wife wakes up to find an impostor of her husband in their bed. But he is her real husband. She's suffering from Capgras' delusion, a rare neurological syndrome that makes her believe her husband is an impostor. The "impostor" must make her fall in love with him or leave.
I realized after reading Patti's post, that the novel I'm writing is a romance. The most I will say about it is: it's a May - December - May romance.
I mentioned in the comments that I liked The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham. What set that apart was that it was about so much more than falling in love, like learning what it is that makes a person good, like forgiveness and growing up and living for something beyond yourself. So in that spirit, here's another premise.
A man and woman who divorced young and hated each other their whole lives end up in the same nursing home and fall in love.
woman is more "spiritual" than the man? Can it? In the case of Priscilla, she receives direct revelation from God (the book of Hebrews), while her husband is a practical, relationship-oriented leader.