This week we will discuss the meeting of the hero and heroine. This meeting normally occurs at the beginning of the novel. Sometimes, however, the meeting can occur in a flashback.
At the first meeting of the couple, you should give some indication of their coming conflict. This conflict will produce a barrier to their engagement and/or marriage. (We’ll talk about barriers next time).
As you read romance novels, analyze how the author has presented the meeting of the hero and heroine. Is it in real time, or did the author use a flashback? Also, locate the place during the meeting when the conflict is intimated.
A word of warning: When reading a romance novel, it’s a good idea to read it first for entertainment then go back and analyze it. Otherwise, you could ruin the story for yourself.
Source Consulted: Regis, Pamela. A Natural History of the Romance Novel. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003.