Love in Boom

by Nancy

Anybody else here like a romance with some non-romantic boom in it? Where things blow up apart from the relationship? And somehow all that leads to HEA? Yeah, me, too.

I tried out various titles for this blog, including “boom in love,” but Demetrius started snickering at that and other choices, and then Sven joined in. The two of them set aside their sibling-esque rivalry in favor of male bonding, which would’ve been nice had it not involved mockery of my blog titles. I’m never composing another blog where they can see it in progress. I’ll do that from home.

Anyway, I wonder why I like romance with a heavy dose of action-adventure. Maybe it’s because all the stuff blowing up and the bullets flying add to the stakes, the jeopardy, the chance that HEA won’t happen. When I asked in the Lair for movies or books involving both romance and boom, Christine suggested Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Cassondra came up with True Lies, and Anna Sugden suggested the works of Suz Brockmann. These are all great choices with high stakes. What’s at risk is not only true love but life itself.

Plus, I admit, I just like movies where stuff blows up. I prefer that gore not accompany the explosion, as it would in real life, but I do like a movie with some boom. Again, I think it’s because of the stakes. In Stargate SG-1, which I so love, the fate of humanity is at stake. In the darker Battlestar Galactica, it’s the same thing, but it’s humanity versus technology, not just humanity versus evil humanoids, as in the Stargate series.

In Serenity, the stakes usually revolve around the ship’s crew, but we care about them, engage on their side, and don’t want to see them die.

The fondness for boom also leads to a certain darkness in tone. By the time the hero and heroine find their way to each other, they’re scarred and battle-weary. At least times have changed enough that the heroine takes an active part in the battle. Ann Aguirre’s Sirantha Jax and her March have to fight their way to each other time and again, sometimes through foes and sometimes through the scars and pain of other battles, and the struggle gives the relationship depth. These are science fiction novels, not romances, but the romantic thread runs strongly through them.

So what about you? Do you like boom with your romances? Romance with your explosions? Whether you do or don’t, why do you think that is?

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