Have you ever been out on a date with someone and felt like the two of you were really clicking, only to never hear from the guy (or gal) again?
Yep, me, too.
That’s part of what makes dating exciting, I think—the uncertainty. It’s also what makes reading a romance novel so much fun.
You’re pretty sure the hero and heroine are going to come through all their ups and downs and twists and turns to get to their happily ever after, but you can’t help but wonder, How on earth are these two crazy kids ever going to work things out?
In my opinion, the more angst, the better! I love reading a book that pulls my emotions all over the place.
If it’s clear to me how a fictitious couple is going to solve their problems, I get bored. Yes, I want that happily-ever-after (HEA) ending, but I don’t want it to come easy. I want those characters to work for it. I want to be kept guessing about how they’re going to earn their HEA until almost the last page.
My husband doesn’t understand my love of angsty romance novels. For him, reading about someone else’s emotional conflict doesn’t sound like any fun.
For me, though, reading an angsty book about characters I truly care about is a way to inject a little emotional excitement into my life without having to actually experience it . . . or its unpleasant side effects (e.g., anxiety, depression, anger, etc.).
Of course, it’s also very satisfying to read about characters who, with God’s help, work through their issues and find true love.
For me, the happy ending is just so much sweeter when it’s hard earned.
How about you? Do you like angsty books, or do you prefer a kinder, gentler storyline?