You know what Billy Joel says about the world on fire.
“We didn’t start the fire, it was always burning, since the world’s been turning.”
Which is pretty much my take on 2020. The world’s been on fire for centuries. Since almost the beginning. Everyone having good years and bad; people good and people evil; laughter and sorrow. It’s all been circling in seasons for centuries and longer. Lurking, sneaking, popping up and surprising us like we don’t know this world for what it is.
Maybe we forget that this is what it is.
But it’s not all flame and ash, not all violence and tears. There’s beauty here. Kindness, comfort, and magic in the most mundane things.
There’s love. Brotherly, familial, and—yes—romantic.
And romantic love is not a small thing. It’s not trivial. People have lived and died over it. Have overhauled lives, moved across continents and oceans, changed careers—name it, and it’s probably been done in the name of love.
So we’re going to talk about romance because it’s important.
We’re going to talk about it because I adore love stories and am writing one now, and I hope you also love romance.
We’re going to talk about it because we get it so very, very wrong much of the time—in fiction and in real life.
Full transparency: I’m no expert. I don’t get it right all the time. Or even half of the time. I’ve done stupid things in the name of romance. I’ve failed and flailed and had wrong and broken relationships in the past.
Currently, I’ve been married almost 15 years, and we still get it wrong almost as much as we get it right. And that’s okay. It’s real and realistic, and we keep pushing on mostly together in this endeavor. Because we’ve learned that there is no happily ever after. There’s just together-and-working-on-it ever after. But maybe that’s the same exact thing.
So, we’re going to talk about romance novels and romantic movies and what real-life romance really looks like. I’m super excited about this blog series.
- I’m lining up interviews with authors I love—who get romance right a lot of the time—so we can learn from (and swoon over) their books.
- Book and movie reviews are in the works. I hope you join me as we talk about old favorites and new options.
- We’re going to talk tropes—so many beautiful, hilarious, serious, or overused tropes.
- And we’re going to talk a little bit about romance in real life, because that’s important too.
If you love romance stories, I hope you’ll join me for this journey and participate in discussions—including swoons and eye rolls as you feel them—in the comments section. And if you’re on Instagram, follow me at @sarahstasik_author for fun polls, Q&As, and posts throughout this blog series.
Look for a weekly installment in this romance blog post series every Thursday.