I’ve been reading two very different books lately; one where every couple is perfect, the other where the couples are more realistic.
The sappy romantic in me loves the perfect couples. Oh, how sweet it would be to be in love with and be loved by someone who never argues, never finds fault, is always supportive and is perfect in each and every way.
Then reality slaps me in the face. Perfect couples don’t exist, except in fiction. Anyone who is delusional enough to believe that they can have a relationship like that in real life will be sorely disappointed.
Perfect couples are fun for a while, and then they get annoying. Love is not always agreeing and being supportive. Sometimes it’s disagreeing and telling the other when they’re being stupid.
So that brings me to the other book. The relationships in that one are almost too real. There are miscommunications and obstacles that cause problems between the characters. Some characters are in relationships for all the wrong reasons, and others break up, very much like real life.
While these relationships are more relatable, they don’t let readers escape the reality that relationships are hard work.
The relationships that I write in my books tend to be what could easily be referred to as antagonistic.
The hero and heroine have a love/hate relationship, which either starts at the beginning, like Darrion and Lillyanne in the Relic Hunter stories or develops due to miscommunication or other obstacles like with Aadi and Mischa in the Underground Series.
Even in the Children of Whitechapel, my main character doesn’t completely hate her husband. She is hurt and angry at him, but doesn’t hate hime.