Sometimes a bad guy has more appeal than the hero, especially if the so-called villain is as ruthless in his pursuit of the heroine as he is in achieving the rest of his goals. Here are fivescience fiction and fantasy movie villains whose characters could become enthralling romance heroes, given some moral fiber.
Romance canon, such as Romeo and Juliet or Beauty and the Beast, are used as inspiration because of the stories' integral depictions of love. They are allegories or "formulas" that our culture has almost unanimously but silently agreed on.
When the hero's former lover/mate/wife died, making him leery of falling in love with the heroine. He doesn't want to suffer the pangs of love and/or loss and/or betrayal again.
Dragons in fiction have evolved in the way of vampires, supernatural villains that once threatened and preyed upon maidens have become the heroes of paranormal romance. While a fantasy realm might seem like a draconian hero's natural habitat, there's an abundance of shapeshifting dragon aliens. What's up with that?
When a whole romance series is dedicated to a group of men introduced in the first book, in which the first guy fell. Here are the archetypes that feature in romance series dedicated to a group of men, with notes on the typical heroines and plotlines of their respective books.
3 Types of Rivals for the heroine's affections who make their move when the hero and heroine's relationship has hit a rough patch and the hero's reaction when he comes onto the scene
4 Archetypes Often Used for the Hero's Mother: Monster-in-Law, Mother She Never Had, Shrewd Matron, and Mother-Figure Housekeeper/Cook
When the hero/heroine falls for the ex-lover (or even ex-spouse) of his/her sibling
The Romance and Respect event at Strand Bookstore featured a panel of five authors of contemporary and historical romance. They discussed the (lack of) respect for their work and the genre. However, for seasoned authors, the past few years has seen more open acknowledgment and polite interest in a genre that has hitherto dominated trade fiction in ignominy. Questions covered negative attitudes toward romance, writing practices, and the future of the genre.