We get into this romance thing because we’re looking for the happy ever after. As authors, as readers, we want to know everything is going to be okay for our characters after we close the book.
Sometimes, we take some good-natured (and sometimes not good-natured) ribbing for it. “Oh, are you reading one of those books?” To which my answer is pretty much always: “Yes, yes I am.”
One of my favorite things about the romance genre is the exploration of tropes and themes, retellings of classic stories, and our willingness to poke and prod at them until we find something new.
Beauty and the Beast was always one of my favorite fairy tales. It’s also a well-loved romance trope. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at a retelling, and last year I did, which is how my upcoming release Hostile Beauty came to be. It’s a contemporary M/M retelling of Beauty and the Beast, with plenty of liberties taken with the story line, but a fair amount of faithfulness to the themes. (I hope, anyway.)
What’s your favorite fairy tale or fairy tale trope? Do you have a favorite retelling? Authors, is there any fairy tale you’ve set your sights on retelling?