Love at first sight is one of those tricky concepts that people I encounter like to bicker over. Is it real? Is it garbage?
Honestly, the way I see love at first sight used in books and movies makes me a little ill. Boy meets Girl. Boy spends a weekend with Girl, possibly dodging bullets or thwarting a deadly virus that will wipe out the population of Mars. (Spoiler alert: It didn’t go so well for Mars.) Boy and Girl decide they’re madly in love and must spend forever together by the end of the story – often within a week or less.
Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy fictional happily ever afters just like everyone else, but I want the characters to earn them. If your characters haven’t even broached the all important question of cat person or dog person before they walk down the aisle, I’m not buying it.
So, can love at first sight exist outside of Hollywood?
I’ve been doing a LOT of talking lately because of the A-Z Blogging Challenge, so Q seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to let some other cool people do the talking. Today, I’m going to post some of my favorite quotes with maybe a little snippet about why I like them.
As some of you know, Fight Club is one of my favorite books and movies. Between the space monkey lines, the Robert Paulson mantra and the unique snowflake bit, there’s a lot in the this movie that’s quotable. Truly, I could probably fill this post with nothing but Fight Club quotes…but I won’t.
Instead, here’s the one I chose:
Ah…love and lust, arguably the only motivations books and movies need to create a plot and drive it along to its conclusion. Actually, the same could be said about life as well.
To the surprise of people who know me in the really real world and have read any of my works, I don’t shy away from either in my writing. In fact, doing so would probably destroy the plot. Seriously, think of any book or movie that fell flat for you…What was it missing?
Before we get too far into this, I should clarify that the love part of the equation doesn’t always have to be romantic love. Sometimes, it’s love of power or money. Love of self. Love of secrets.
Really, if characters would just love their vices or their virtues a little more fiercely, there would be fewer movies and books that make me feel like I’ve just wasted however many hours of my life on.
Kismet. It’s just fun to say, isn’t it? Kismet.
Even if I didn’t like the way it looked or sounded, I would still be a fan of kismet because I like it’s meaning. Basically, it’s another word for fate or destiny. While I’m no fan of luck, I don’t particularly like the words fate or destiny either. There’s something very heavy-handed about them to me. Kismet seems lighter, even if it has the same “meant to be” connotations.
So let’s talk about my good pal kismet, shall we?
For today’s post, I thought it might be fun to bring those of y’all in different parts of the world up to speed on what it’s like to live in the DFW metroplex.
When I decided to set the majority of my books in the Dallas area, I figured that it would be easily relatable for people since the area is about the same as the area surrounding any other major city. Then I started reading some of the commentary and questions from my editor who lives up north. Suddenly, it started to seem like my common setting might be a little more foreign to some readers than I originally thought.
So, let’s demystify a few of the things I take for granted.