Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Enchanted, Swept Away, and HEA
Yesterday I took a little writing break and watched the movie "Enchanted" on TV. Call me a sap but I loooove Disney movies and though my kids are grown and "almost" grown, I still have the lovestruck works of wonder and fantasy and happily ever after's tucked away on my movie shelf. Sometimes my daughter and I will declare it to be Disney Day and we'll OD on Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and others. The kind of movies that make you go....ahhhhhh. Admittedly, I tear up at them but in a good way. I sigh. I smile.Why, you ask??? Because I love, love love a happy ending. So today I watched Enchanted for the second time and realized I have a serious love affair with happy ever afters.
Probably always will, so shoot me with cupid's arrow and hang my carcass in a floral bower because that is my fate, my destiny.
I read other things besides romance. Sometimes. Not often. And I know some might shake their heads that I seek some "culture" but I don't like to waste my time with stuff that doesn't make me HAPPY. That's the bottom line for me in books and, yes, movies. Anyone like Braveheart? Kickass movie. Mel is hot and you've gotta love the sight of all those brawny Scots warriors in face paint and kilts but I always have to quit watching at least twenty minutes before the end. I would prefer to rewrite my own ending in my head. Silly, I know, but that's just the way I think.
Remember a wonderful romance author who I loved. I say LOVED. Past tense. I grabbed every new release but then made the mistake of buying one of her titles and I'll be damned if she didn't kill off the heroine in the end. I was so pissed, I threw the book across the room and swore I'd never buy her work again. That was about ten years ago and I was true to my word. I never read her again.
Now to my question. Are you like me and crave a happy ever after or you okay with a happy for now? I know lots of romance publishers are okay with publishing both. As a reader and as a writer, what is your preference?
As for me, give me violins and singing doves. I want my happily ever after.