Thursday Think on the Romance Genre

Like what I assume are millions of other people over the last few months, I came across E! Online’s article this am about the lovely Goldie Hawn, pulled from her Porter Magazine article in June, and one of the things she talks about is her ongoing 32 year relationship with Kurt Russell. If you don’t know much about them, they still aren’t married, which is actually kind of awesome and impressive, considering this is a Hollywood couple, where dating/marriage status never seems to stay the same for long. Even us normal(ish) folks can look at a relationship such as Hawn’s and Russell’s and find it inspiring. In this interview, Goldie says about relationships:

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I’ve always loved Goldie Hawn, but as she ages (beyond gracefully and beautifully, may I point out) she continues to be not only a positive influence for other women in the acting industry, but all women in general. I love her take on relationships – on marriage. So simple, yet so difficult for some of us to master. Obviously, her and Kurt have found the sweet spot that works for them, kudos!

So, the writer brain immediately kicked in while thinking about this article and other relationships out there that work the same way; I imagined how awesome it would be if more Romance characters were written to find love through happiness, not happiness through love. What it the marriage vows were erased and the rings discarded, and human beings focused only on “compatibility and communication”, like Goldie Hawn suggests. I mean, I’d want to read more books like that. Where the ‘girl’ doesn’t grow up fantasizing about her fairy tale wedding, and the ‘young woman’ doesn’t spend her time pining over men not quite grown up enough to be ready for a solid relationship, and where mature women don’t feel the need to change who they are to attract a love interest. The purpose of life doesn’t need to include a marriage certificate complete with the white picket fence and 2.3 children. Love can work, and work well, around the expectations and traditions of our parents, outside the mold we’ve all (mostly) grown up in.

If you know of stories that work this way, I want to read them, so throw me some suggestions. I’m not the biggest Romance genre reader, but I do love me some strong fictional women. In the meantime, that endlessly spinning wheel in my brain where plot bunnies like to hide out, is thinking up all kinds of bookish scenarios to break the traditional Romance mold. It’s not like I particularly need more story ideas, but if I do tend toward the way of full-fledged Romance with my writing, with future projects, I’ll take a page out of the Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell playbook.

Thanks for posting a snippet of the Porter interview, E! Online…these are the stories about our celebrities that I want to read. *wink* You can read the full story HERE.

Happy Thursday, y’all!


 

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Plot Bunny Outbreak

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” –John Steinbeck

Yep, I know exactly what you mean, Steinbeck. What’s a plot bunny you might ask? Well. When a writer’s brain is inundated with story ideas begging nagging to be written that tend to multiply on their own accord from the time we fall asleep at night to the next morning when we open our eyes – you’ve birthed a nice little coven of plot bunnies. You must write said ideas ASAP or they will follow you to the bathroom when you brush your teeth, nag at you while you sip your coffee and itch at your mind throughout the day much like a poison oak rash – and they have teeth. Not little teeth, either.

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The only way to rid the curse of a plot bunny outbreak is to actually translate the story idea to paper (pencil, pen, marker, laptop keys – whatever, it’s your poison of choice). You’d think you were safe then, right? Wrong. You never really escape them, because they always seem to pop their furry little heads up, even if that means you were having the most magnificent dream about falling asleep in Thor’s arms. Unless you’re trapped in a significant bout of writer’s block (which might be a blessing in disguise), plot bunnies tend to stick around.

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Sure, they’re cute and fuzzy and all that…but like real rabbits, plot bunnies multiply. You might get up tomorrow with one bouncing around in your head, then something happens between breakfast and lunch and BAM! there’s a dozen up there…all struggling for room and screaming to be heard. If you don’t keep a notebook next to your bed – or your cell phone with a notepad app on you at all times for the random jotting down of story ideas – you’re recklessly encouraging the unneccessary over-breeding of plot bunnies, i.e. – an outbreak. *shudders* I don’t wish one of those on my worst enemy. They scramble your brains and muck things up in such a way that you end up writing until 2:00am and back spacing constantly because you can’t remember how to spell the word ‘the’.

But there is hope! I’m learning how to train my plot bunnies. In fact, they have their own notebook full of nonsense that I regularly check in with and pull ideas from before diligently giving them my full attention. This way I can organize story ideas whether they are for my current WIP’s or can be used later for the next masterpiece. It keeps us all happy and prevents the overwhelming and messy Plot Bunny Outbreak. Where or how do you store your blot bunnies?

Happy writing, everyone!