Dark Urban Fantasy and Romance

Hey, Dark Dreamers,

“Where’s the sex?”

Now that I have your attention, this phrase is one that I’m hearing a lot these days from recent readers of OF SCIONS AND MEN. I hear wonderful and exciting praise, and then the sex question. Fear not, Dreamers, the sex in this series is coming in book 2, but there is none in book 1. The reason for this is quite simple and clear, Rowan is a complicated character who is searching for ways to become the woman she wants to be, but in all of book 1, she was not in the right place for a romantic relationship. She needs to find herself and be comfortable with herself before she can let someone in that intimately. Not to mention a vampire in your head can be a real mood killer.

By the end of the book, without spoilers, she’s in a hugely different position than where she started. This opens up many doors in the relationship and sex department. Now, that’s not to say there isn’t fun sensual  scenes. Seriously, go find and read the club scene right now. We’ll wait.

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Let’s play “Where’s the Sexy Scions”

Done. Good. But this all leads to a whole different question, when did Urban Fantasy come with the attachment of romance and sex? Now, don’t get me wrong, we all love a good romance with our favorite characters, but is it really a prerequisite?

In life, the need for romance and to be attached is thrust into all sorts of situations and onto all sorts of people who are in no way ready for it. This concept of the instant sizzling from across the room kind of love, how often does that happen? I mean, we all know Disney and the like have set up this concept over and over again, as did Brothers Grimm and other storytellers for centuries before. Disney even made fun of themselves for this relationship troupe in their movie “Frozen”. Does this type of love make the love that slowly builds and grows from other events a lesser love?

So here’s this week’s question, Dreamers: Do you believe in love at first sight?

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About Courtney Sloan

A New Orleans native, Courtney Sloan relocated to the hills of Central Maryland after Hurricane Katrina. There she lives with her husband and fellow author, J.P. Sloan, their son and their crazy German Shepherd pup. Adding to her writing life, Courtney is also a professor at the local college and enjoys learning a world of new ideas from her students as she teaches them about writing and communicating. Courtney’s New Orleans upbringing has left her with a love for the macabre and a flare for the next to normal. She writes speculative fiction with a variety of horror and sass mixed in for flavor. She loves taking the world of politics that haunts us now, and adding the supernatural to create a gumbo of thrills to keep you up at night. A self-proclaimed lover of way too many fandoms, Courtney also loves crafting. From blankets to jams to stories, it’s always better homemade. View all posts by Courtney Sloan

17 responses to “Dark Urban Fantasy and Romance

  • J.P. Sloan

    Nooooope. I believe in several other things at first sight, which are often confused with love:
    – lust
    – interest
    – a gathered set of preconceived notions of that person’s intentions and compatibility
    – more lust

    But love, in and of itself, is too long-term and grown-up a notion to be accurately gleaned in one instant. Also, I’d rather read the story of two people with a horrible first impression and who never get along slowly realizing how right they are together.

  • Courtney Sloan

    Good point. There is often a great deal of other “emotions” often substituted for love. These aren’t bad, just not the same.

  • Jessica Gunn

    I’m just tired of the “Oh? It’s NA? That MUST mean x-rated sex. kthnxbye”. *smacks head on keyboard*.

    I can’t wait for book 2!

  • Lisa DiGregory

    I do believe in love at first sight. I was brought up on believing this through my love for Disney movies and how it happened to my parents. Even though I believe in love at first sight, I still strongly believe in getting to know that person better before starting a relationship. I am still dreaming for the day that it will happen to me.

  • E.S. Wesley

    I reject the UF genre title for mine for this very reason. It’s unfortunate that you can write a really deep, emotionally resonant story and people will knock your story because they wanted to read an erotica scene. 🙂

  • mac

    I do’t believe in love at first site, but I believe a kind of chemistry can be felt. After trust and respect is earned, love can start.

  • sasha3232

    I believe in powerful connections at first sight … that can lead to love. If it’s ‘love’ at first sight it can quickly become loathing if you find out they are not what you thought!

  • neiliooo

    I do believe in love at first sight, though in my opinion, a love-at-first-sight relationship won’t be as passionate as other relationships until they’ve gotten to know each other really well.

  • Amanda Stover

    I don’t believe in love at first sight because there has been many situations when you think you know someone and then as time goes further that person shows their true colors or their intentions end up being different from yours. I also find it impossible to fully get to know someone within let’s say a couple months. Commitment, time, and trust create the base of a strong relationship and those are things that you can’t build by just seeing someone for the first time.

    • Courtney Sloan

      Exactly! The was you said this, “Commitment, time, and trust create the base of a strong relationship and those are things that you can’t build by just seeing someone for the first time” is exactly on point. These things need to build, and the people involved need to have reached a point in their life and development that they can trust someone else, want to commit to them, and have the time to devote to sharing and getting to know the other person.

  • Nigel Blank

    No chance, looks are deceiving. People are deceiving, most often people are nothing like they present themselves to be. Thats why we must go through the various stages of communication in order to see an individuals true colors

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