Friday, April 13, 2012
L is for Lurve
I have a dilemma.
But first, a thought. Or a few. Sorry, the picture of Colin Firth is distracting me.
So I'm one of those saps that definitely believes the saying "Every story is a love story." Really though. Think about it. Ultimately, stories are all about a character trying to find love. Romantic love is the big one here, obviously, but we're talking all kinds of love. I mean, just look at what Shakespeare wrote.
I just don't care otherwise. Is that way dramatic and sentimental of me to say? Of course Snape is my favorite character in Harry Potter. Yes I've stopped watching House now that Cuddy/the romantic interest is gone. Yes Niles-and-Daphne is the sole reason I watched all 11 seasons of Frasier. Even with Pixar, where there is basically no romantic love relationships ever (except Carl and Ellie. Guess which Pixar is my favorite) you still have the love of Woody for his boy and Sully for his little girl. Doesn't the look on Sully's face at the end of Monsters, Inc. just make your heart want to burst?
Am I the only one who feels this way? Can you think of examples of when you were drawn into a story and character through something other then love?
Ok, then here's my dilemma. Stories without love don't interest me, so of course I'm not going to write any. I'm not saying all my work would be categorized as 'Romance', but it definitely has it in there. Except I pretty much have no experience. With romantic love in general, I mean. (Unless you count Colin Firth, which for some reason people usually don't). I'm just being open and honest here.
My question for you all, then, is how does one write love stories when one hasn't had one of their own? Has your personal experience with love changed the way you write?
Those are my thoughts for the day. I'd love to hear some of yours.
Oh, and happy Friday the 13th :)