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Newsies and the Essence of Romance

By On Jul 5 2012, 9:00 am

Tuesday night a dear friend and I went to see the musical Newsies on Broadway. It was so much fun, such a wonderful musical. And absolutely full of very cute boys doing some seriously athletic dancing. I highly recommend seeing it. Of course, there’s a romance between our underdog hero and our spunky heroine. The unfolding of their romance was rather cute and reminded me a lot of a romance novel. Lots of conflict, she didn’t want to like him, he fell in love at first sight, she found him too charming and cute to resist, she kisses him to shut him up at one stage (loved that!). In the second act, they have a duet which really struck me as the essence of what I love about romance novels, what I love to see develop between a hero and heroine. When I see this in a couple I’m reading about, I feel like their relationship will last.

The song is called “Something to Believe In”, and in the lyrics, there’s a line they both sing about the other believing in them. It really hit me in my romantic little heart. Because I feel like if a couple can believe in each other, if they have each other’s backs by the end of the story, then they have a good chance of continuing on toward that Happily Ever After. Love and lust are wonderful, and obviously a super important part of it all. But at the heart of a lasting relationship, I see friendship and support as essential. And I adore when authors show me that aspect of the romance relationship. Those are the characters that stick with me. I hope as an author I do this with my characters. I do try, since “having each other’s backs” is such a fundamental part of a good romance to me. I have a feeling I’ll be humming this song as I write those passionate declaration scenes going forward. It’s a good reminder. And, well, it’s just romantic.

So what do you love seeing in the couples (or poly-relationships) you read about? What do you find essential to a developing romance to really believe those people will make it?

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