Jul 7, 2014

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Question – Do You Ever Crave A Little “Where Are They Now”?

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Lately, I have been on a Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James kick.  I re-read it maybe two months ago.  I also have it on audiobook and have listened to it over and over and over.  Sometimes, I am, apparently, in the mood to listen to the same book many times in a row lol.

Each time I finish that book, I wonder where Taylor and Jason are now?  Or rather, where would they be.  (I know they’re fiction – I’m not that crazy – but still, I’m curious.)  It makes me almost want to ask Julie James to write a ‘where are they now’ chapter or two.

And that is not the first time this happens to me.

I find I crave a ‘where are they now’ after reading contemporary romance titles.  With that genre, we tend not to spend more than one book with the hero and heroine. Yes, we spot there here and there around town if they are part of a series but it’s not quite the same as spending multiple books with them as the main characters.  Like they do in urban fantasy for example.  With that genre, we spend 5, 6 or even more books with the main heroes so we get to know that they are completely compatible without question or doubt.

Not that we question the HEA of a contemporary romance, it’s just that we typically don’t see the couple together romantically for more than a few weeks so it’s easier to wonder about them than it is urban fantasy couples.  So yes, I often find myself wondering how this hero is and how they are handing this or that situation.  Especially if I fell completely in love with the couple.

I know it sounds odd but I’m sure I’m not the only one.  Do you ever crave a little “where are they now”?

 

  1. All the time lol

  2. Indeed I do. That may be why I crave sequential novles the way I do. I find that many of my favorite contemporary romance authors keep characters from earlier novels involved. I’ve loved Ruthie Knox’s Camelot stories, Laura Florand’s Love and Chocolate, and Anne Rivers’ Burnsides, to name a few. Jennifer Cruisie and Lisa Kleypas also keep readers abreast of couple’s ongoing lives in a number of their books. By including “Where are they now” updates, these writers keep me locked in auto-buy, for sure.

  3. Jessica says:

    I crave it, but I think sometimes it is best that I just don’t know. I feel the same way about the Male POV stuff authors publish. Sometimes hearing more in the story, or seeing the male POV takes away some of the magic. For the “Where are they now” stuff, I think it can feel a bit mundane. Maybe the hero and the heroine were saving the world the first time around, but now they are struggling with chore division, and trying to keep the romance alive with date night. It’s the same stuff I had to deal with every day in my relationship, so it’s just not as interesting. I’d rather imagine that they are living happily ever, having crazy sex every night and continuing to find evil baddies to destroy. I guess this is a case where I’d prefer to let them live on in my imagination instead of on paper. 🙂

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