I wasn’t addressing “you” in a general sense.
Instead, I was addressing characters, more particularly, the heroes and heroines in some romance novels who don’t fricking talk to each other, thus creating false conflicts.
You know the ones I mean. The heroine who many years ago got pissed at something she “thought” the hero, her love interest at the time, did, but instead of talking to him, told him to get lost. It’s now years later and she is still ticked off, but also still attracted, and the guy, also still attracted to her, has no effin’ clue why she dumped him to begin with — and SHE WON’T TALK ABOUT IT NOW EITHER!
Sorry, I didn’t mean to yell, but REALLY?
If she really had loved him and was hurt and mad as hell — she would’ve confronted him with the supposed malfeasance. Then she would’ve found out right away that it was (a) a plot by her arch rival to get the hero for herself, (b) a plot by another guy who wanted her and didn’t want her with the hero, (c) a plain misunderstanding of what she saw or heard, or (d) any combination of the above. Easy-peasey.
But then the author would not have a book. I call this the “soap opera” approach to writing romance aka the “too stupid to talk” syndrome (TSTT). I can’t tell you how many times back in the 60s I yelled at the television screen when Luke and Laura (General Hospital) broke up or got mad at each other over stuff that could’ve easily been explained if they had just sat down and had a heart-to-heart conversation. But then soap operas depend on such convenient misunderstandings.
Sorry, people, but creating false angst through misunderstandings that could easily be set straight with one soul-cleansing conversation doesn’t hack it with me.
This is why I write romantic suspense — at least there is an exterior conflict to keep the plot going while the H/H’s interior conflicts are exacerbated by the pressure cooker atmosphere of the action plot. If there is angst in my novel, it is a derivative of something really bad happening in their lives — not a missed chance at sitting down and discussing it like two mature adults.
Now you know my feelings on the TSTT syndrome, how do you feel? Do you like angst or not? And why?
Thanks for letting me vent. I feel better now that we have had this conversation. See? Wasn’t that easy?