Friday, February 10, 2017
Horror and Romance: Why I Write Both
People always look at me funny when I tell them I write romance and horror. "But they're so different! They're complete opposites" they say.
Um, not so much.
I don’t really agree that horror and romance are polarizing.
Fear and love have a lot in common. Fear is a powerful emotion and I’m fascinated by how people react to terrifying situations, and what makes evil characters tick. Similarly, love is unpredictable and often terrifying. Good can turn bad very quickly. There’s a remarkable emotional vulnerability.
Readers of horror want to be scared; it’s terrifying and fun all at once. Readers of horror want a satisfying ending, that’s the safe part. Fiction is a created world where things can be put to right, unlike the real world, where atrocity doesn’t necessarily have rhyme or reason and may go unchecked.
Readers like romance because it’s also a controlled world. They can count on a happily-ever-after ending. Romance in fiction allows the reader to experience the thrill and conflict of love, in a safe way, because the reader knows it’s not real. I think that sense of emotional vulnerability applies to both romance and horror.
Vulnerability is universal and that’s why people enjoy reading about it.
Check out My Books for an overview of all the horror and romance I've written.
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