Friday, Mar 05, 2010

The Attraction

Today we arrive at that essential element of the romance novel called the Attraction. According to Regis, the Attraction is “a scene or series of scenes scattered throughout the novel” that “establishes for the reader the reason that this couple must marry.” It is this attraction, as Regis points out, that “keeps the heroine and hero involved long enough to surmount the barrier.” 

There are many aspects of attraction, including physical attraction, friendship, shared interests, societal expectations, and monetary concerns. When creating your heroine and hero, be sure to include the element of attraction. It will serve you well not only in helping your main characters overcome their barriers, but it will also help you to remain true to the genre of the romance novel. 


Source Cited: Regis, Pamela. A Natural History of the Romance Novel (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003), pp. 33-34.

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5 thoughts on “The Attraction

  1. I think there are things we all experience when we are attracted to the opposite sex. Our job as writers is to make them fresh and interesting without being cheesy.

    MaryAnn, this topic inspired me to talk about romance in fantasy writing on my blog. I told my readers to check your blog out for more information. 🙂

    March 6, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    • Thanks for your comments, Pam. I’m wondering how much romance is included in fantasy writing. Is it something found in traditional fantasy, or is it a relatively new phenomenon?

      Thanks for the plug for my blog. I encourage those who read this blog to frequent yours too. It’s a great blog. Here is the link:

      Thanks and Blessings,


      March 6, 2010 at 5:56 PM

  2. I think the best stories have some kind of romance in them. Finding love is such an important part of our lives. Most fantasy deals with saving the world in some way. If a character doesn’t love, what’s the point?

    Love/romance comes in many forms, too. In The Lord of the Rings, romance is not the focus, but it’s there.

    Of course, it depends on what age you’re writing for. If your characters are 15 or older, you should probably have some kind of love interest.

    As I always say, it depends on what the story requires.

    March 9, 2010 at 8:17 AM