Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cliché Me, Baby!

You know those classic story lines:

The heroine comes back into the hero's life with her secret baby.

The poor hero has been given up for dead....but comes back the morning the heroine is about to marry another person.

The heroine has amnesia. Is the hero her true love, or a psychopath in disguise?

Oh, and my personal favorite--the sheik who is masquerading as a common working man, for whatever reason (tired of sand in his silk sheets? Fed up with spitting camels?) and falls in love with a small town girl. Sigh.

These so-called predictable story lines get a bad rap from people who criticize romance--not that they've actually read romance, they're too busy reading Oprah's latest pick and popping Prozac. But they know a cliche when they see the cover of one.

Well, I do too. And thank you, romance world, for making my life a little easier!

Valentine's Day is this weekend...I'm seeing another batch of paranormal, classic, vampire-loving, kilt-wearing, amnesiac billionaire romances in my near future. I love them, one and all.

I hope you all have time to curl up with a romance this weekend, too. I'm off to find another awesome trapped-in-a- snowstorm story... any suggestions?


Renee said...

I'm wanting Sara Lindsey's Promise Me Tonight. I'm interested in what you recommend.

Gillian Layne said...

I did actually ask for Sara's new book for Valentine's day. It looks wonderful.

I have this book where the heroine gets stuck in New Hampshire during a snow storm...I just love it, and can't find it on my shelves, which means I loaned it to my Mom. :)

Vivian said...

Gillian, Did you leave a comment on my blog to win a Valentine's Table Runner. If so, you are the winner. Please email me with your address so I can mail it to you.

Gillian Layne said...

Hurray! Glad you found me :)

Terry Stone said...

Gillian, you cracked me up-tired of sand in his silk sheets or spitting camels!!! Too funny.

I haven't bought a new book in way too long! Time to get out of my funk and back to the things that I enjoy!!

Hoping you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Gillian Layne said...

Terry Jo! :)

Nothing cures the when-is-this-miserable-winter-ever-going-to-end blues like a new romance.

Alice Audrey said...

Tsk. They aren't cliches. They're archetypes. Ok, fine. They're cliches. But didn't I sound cool for a few seconds? I especially want it to sound cool right now because there's an amnesiac heroine in my current WIP.