The Meeting of the Hero and Heroine

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. 

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Source Consulted: Regis, Pamela. A Natural History of the Romance Novel. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003.

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4 thoughts on “The Meeting of the Hero and Heroine

  1. At my yearly writer’s group get together, we all shared how we met our spouses and when we decided to get married. It was hilarious! Women, in general, are interested in “how they met.”

    Our job, as writers, is to make it unique and leave the promise of a grand adventure to the altar. I know many romance writers constantly throw obstacles, but I get tired of that. But if someone can take me along for a ride that’s enjoyable (for the most part) I’m quite willing to read on.

    February 23, 2010 at 7:21 AM

  2. Good suggestion. I have been trying to read more in my genre, but I tend to be analytic while reading.

    Im going to go back and take a look at my heroine/hero introduction and see if I need to deepen the conflict.

    February 26, 2010 at 11:24 AM