Saturday, July 15, 2006

Star-Crossed Romance

Star-Crossed Romance

Awesome! I was going to try this text in different colours...mainly because I LIKE different colours!LOL But I better behave myself...*sigh*...

Yes, scary as it sounds, it is my turn to blog. Blog. What an odd word. "Today I blogged." Blogged? Hmmmm...

Okay, getting back to what is at hand, I better write something constructive. I was going to wow you all with my intellectual and slightly amusing prowess with the written word, but then I came back to reality and...well...this is what you get. Me. ROTFL

Humour. I like humour. I like humour in a lot of things, but especially in books. Some authors just have that knack of making you laugh-out-loud, such as Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books. But what about paranormal books? Are there any humerous paranormal romances out there, be they the werewolf/vampire/ghost/sci-fi/fantasy? Could humour have any possible place in paranormal romances at all?

YES! Well, in my opinion, anyway . Dara Joy in her early romances had great humour (remember Rejar? Phwoar!!!!) and humour peeks out from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Hunter books. Christine Feehan and J.D. Ward, to name a few of the well-know authors. They handle humour differently, but well.

Humour eases the tension, gives a spark of humanity, and gives me a feeling of warmth towards the characters. It shows me that there is more to the heroine, hero, villain and side characters, it gives them a chance to be witty, to laugh in the face of danger, to crack a joke when things are down. It's a show of spirit!

And face it, if a huge meteor is hurtling towards the couple, their spaceship is about to be invaded, everything is tense, they are facing their nemesis ...and suddenly one of them makes a dry remark that just tickles the funnybone -well, that just does it for me. I LOVE it!

I write sci-fi/futuristic romances, and the humour fluctuates between books, depending on the characters. I love this genre (as well as reading paranormal and fantasy romances). It gives me such a wide expanse of opportunies to use humour. A dry comment. A sly dig. A bemused remark. Anything to break what could be serious situations and which, indeed, remain serious, but that brief bit of humour is a bit of relief. It's also a good chance for the hero and heroine to bounce off each other word-wise. (I could talk about bouncing off each other, but this isn't quite the place *cough*). What? I didn't say a thing...

Humour. Humour can be laugh-out-loud, it can be smile provoking...it can even be sensual. It can create moods in scenes, change the tone, give sudden insight or add to the puzzle of a character. It can be subtle or in-your-face. And parnanormal, fantasy and futuristic/sci-fi romances are great genres to explore humour mixed with the more serious story-lines.

I just wonder how many paranormal, fantasy and futuristic romance books are out there with humour that I still have to discover. Any suggestions?








And what about facing a werewolf that turns into a man? A hunk of a man? Would I offer him a doggy bone?

3 comments:

Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

I love humor in my books. I like szassy heroines who tell it like it is, and those droll remarks just seem to happen. Life without humor is boring and miserable, why write a book without it?

Lynda K. Scott said...

I love humor...can't write it but I do love it. Droll or snark will pop out of my characters on occasion because...well, that's how we humans are, isn't it? If we were all solemn and serious all the time, how boring would that be?

MK Mancos/Kathleen Scott said...

Since my heroines are really me in better bodies, faces and careers, they tend to have my sarcastic and slightly cyincal personality...which tranfers to very dry humor. I have to be honest though, Immorati has hardly any humorous lines, By A Silken Thread has some, but the heroine in my novella, Falling Stars definately has a bit of wit about her. So far my favorite heroine that I've written is the one I'm currently working on. It's not a paranormal but she's got one odd way of looking at things. Definately gets it from me. I think a sense of humor and laughter is definately very sexy.