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Romance. Urgh. I only have to hear the word and my heart sinks. I wasn't even going to do this post, until I realised I never talk about romance in fantasy novels on this blog. Maybe because I was afraid I would rant. I swear this post will be rant-free. BLOGGER'S HONOUR.
I am a romantic at heart. But I'm also a fussy romantic; it needs to be done a certain way. Relationships are often complicated because of our emotions (which is why it should be represented as a squiggle). I don't really want to read (or write) romance about vampires stalking teenagers, girls who will fall in love LITERALLY at the drop of a hat, guys who are players but are looking for "true love", fairytale-style relationships where nobody ever has problems - and most importantly, romances where every character has to be matched up with somebody, and nobody ever gets left alone. Fact: some people want to be alone.
Beautiful people is a meme that interviews the characters of any story you're writing. It's excellent for character development, so if you want to join in - do so via either the marvellous Cait at Paper Fury or fabulous Sky at Further Up and Further In.
This BP will be about Brilliance Of The Light, a brand new fantasy novel I started last week.
Brilliance Of The Light - Romantic Subplot
|August by SteamKid. This image reminds me|
of a 'spirit' of the forest.
Her love interest is a boy called Nandin. He lives in her town and hears her singing from the window one day. He doesn't join in with a harmony, Disney-style (LOL), but he does come back the next day and play the same song on the flute outside of her window. She leaps up but isn't able to see him, and so for the next several weeks she looks around anxiously whenever she around town, wondering who it possibly might have been.
Sati's father hears from her gossiping sisters that Sati has an admirer. At first he's angry, because he thinks Sati's timidness makes her vulnerable to 'wolves'. Because of her father's warning she becomes afraid to tell him she has been seeing Nandin now and then and they have been talking. Sati's mother, who knows Nandin's family, slyly arranges for Nandin to coincidently end up at town festival with Sati's father. They get to know each other as 'strangers'.
When Nandin plucks up the courage to ask to marry Sati, Sati's father trusts him by then. He still didn't like giving his daughter away, but seeing the smile on Sati's face, he begrudgingly gives his blessing.
... *coughs* SO, the questions!
Da Questchurns - Sati and Nandin
They see each other over the course of a year, and after they are married they remain together. I guess this story goes on until Sati is about... thirty-five.
2. How did they first meet? Hee hee. See above! ^
3. What were their first thoughts of each other?
When Nandin heard Sati sing, he thought how unnaturally beautiful her voice was, like a forest spirit was singing. Sati's first thought of Nandin was, 'I'd better tell my brothers. There's a stalker outside my window.'
4. What do they do that most annoys each other?
Sati fell in love with Nandin because he was quiet and peaceful in nature, like her. However, it annoyed her sometimes that he wouldn't voice his opinion, and therefore seemed indecisive and or indifferent. When Sati becomes a bit more confident, she makes unapologetic remarks that annoys and embarrasses Nandin.
5. Are their personalities opposite or similar?
Similar. They both quiet, musical, artistic, and good-natured.
6. How would their lives be different without each other?
Oh man, who knows. They would have married different people, which couldn't have turned out anything but disastrous, with them both being so passive.
7. Are they ever embarrassed of each other?
Sati becomes embarrassed when they have company and Nandin refuses to answer questions he doesn't like. When Sati's father dies and Sati begins to insist the Hero of the Kingdom is 'no hero', many of their friends are horrified that she would say such a thing and turn their back on her, which embarrasses Nandin.
8. Does anyone disapprove of their relationship?
After they are married, Sati's father is less suspicious and become happy for them. There is one person though... Miyni, Sati's best friend. She's a giggler and a gossiper, and is brave where Sati can't be. She doesn't like Nandin and never has a nice word to say about him, saying he's 'useless' and 'spineless'. But as they get older, Sati realises Miyni has become pessimistic and poisonous. When Sati gathers the courage she finally says goodbye and ends their friendship, so that Miyni can't hold her back from being happy.
9. Do they see their relationship as long-term/leading to marriage? Heh. See #1!
10. If they could plan the “perfect outing” together, where would they go?
Oooo great question! They would go to the holiday home they went to on their honeymoon, which belongs to Sati's sponsor, Madame Robinaird. It stands on the edge of a meadow, and the other side look out to the sea, so the view is breathtaking all around. The most peaceful creatures and spirits of the forest dwell there, making it a very safe place to be.
I quite like tragic romances, and also impossible romances like that manage to defy everything including the laws of the universe to exist (LOL!). Immortal Rain and Across The Nightingale Floor are the first that come to mind.
Thanks for reading! If you wish to read the questions for my first novel Karalan's Legacy, they'll be posted tomorrow (Here). (Only linking once tho.) Click here to see the Pinterest board for Brilliance Of The Light.
Ashana Lian .
I'm taking a small blogging break and will be back next week. I'm also taking a small break from my reading challenges, but any new people who come along during that time, do sign-up!
How do you like your romance? Is there a particular shape you abhor, and do you agree that it is a squiggle (ie. complicated)? Do comment! I always reply. c: