What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.
– Cool Hand Luke
Remember last month when I said I was going to slow down on the book reading.
As in, not read a book a day? Yeah, I lied. I’ve read twenty-nine so far in July. Whoops.
But all that reading has given me a little insight into what is quite possibly the biggest of all the romance genre’s tropes.
Communication. Or lack there of.
No joke, I think every single book I read this month the whole plot would have been solved in the first five chapters if the main characters had just talked. Like went to a coffee shop and said, “so yea, know how I’ve been kind of a dick lately? This is why…”
But what fun would that be?
I love the times when the character actually has an inner-monologue of “I really should speak up about that giant looming elephant in the room, but naaaahhh, I’ll just keep it to myself because xyz.”
Don’t get me wrong, in 99% of the things I’ve written I have the exact same issue. Because it is a real problem people have. Communication is HARD. I’ve been married to my husband for more than six years and we still struggle with it daily, sometimes it only results in a small misunderstanding, but occasionally it causes huge problems and fights.
It does make me wonder if marriage counselors are able to read romance novels without wanting to rip their hair out though. I can seriously picture some buttoned psychologist pacing back and forth in front of their therapy couch screaming at the book “JUST TALK ALREADY!!!”
But honestly, it is probably the most believable thing about romance novels. Not every devastatingly handsome man is going to be smart, sweet, and yet politely demanding in the bedroom (not to mention the size of the cocks in romance novels). But every. single. couple. I know has issues with communication no matter how long they have been together.
I kinda wonder if it is possible to write a romance story about a couple that has perfect communication skills. Maybe a good experiment to try one of these days.
Anyone know of a romance novel were the main characters are actually open and honest with each other? If so, leave the title in the comments so I can add it to my ever-expanding to read list.