The Romance Plot — Part III
To review: In our contemporary romance, Tovah has rejection issues, and Judah is a beta male who’s hiding something. They met at synagogue when Tovah’s homily papers flew right at Judah’s feet. She found him so attractive, she stuttered. Very unlike her, because she is usually an accomplished public speaker.
The realization of love
We’ve watched our characters be attracted to each other from the beginning. From page one, the romance novel must show the lead characters be attracted to each other.
They can fume, they can argue, they can gripe, and they can try to deny it. But these two characters are falling in love. They’re deciding that the other is “the one” for them.
“Formula” says that women usually “fall” for the man first. Not so with my parents. On the first date, Dad said to Mom, “You’re the one I’m going to marry.” If I remember the story right, she laughed at him. I think it probably took a year or two to bring her around, but eventually, Dad was right—and they married on June 21, 1942.
Let’s go back to our little romance, “Romancing the Rabbi.” Recap is above. How and why will they begin to fall in love?
I think actually, that they will both “realize” it around the same time. It’s just that one of them would have to speak it out. And since both have issues, it will take them a lot longer to spit it out, and actually get together.
Typical romances begin with attraction. Then, they begin “dating.” Or in the case of historical romance, “courting.” Then something happens to push them apart. A hindrance. How can they overcome it?
Then, they continue seeing each other after the first hindrance. Drawing closer together, they have feelings for each other. But is it love? They’ve got to ponder that for a while.
Once they figure it out, someone has to be brave enough to tell the other person.
Next time, we’ll talk about different types of romance plots. Great fun.