In my previous post I outlined three important elements that create attraction between a hero and heroine in a romance novel, namely mystery, desire and confidence.
Another important aspect in creating attraction between a
man and a woman is unpredictability. In the beginning of a relationship
the hero shouldn’t be able to predict the heroine’s behaviour, and vice versa.
This generates romantic tension in a relationship, which creates an interesting
dynamic between the hero and heroine. Of course, as the romance progresses the
main characters will become more familiar with each other, in that they’ll
start to know each other better, but this shouldn’t make them predictable.
What adds to the attraction between a man and a woman is
some sort of challenge. The hero should find the heroine challenging in
some way. Even if you’ve created a meek and mild heroine, something in her
demeanour should challenge the hero. For instance, the hero might find it
exciting to see if he can discover whether passion lurks beneath the quiet
surface of the heroine; or he might try and find out why she behaves in a
particular manner with certain people, while behaving quite differently around
The heroine should also find the hero challenging – either
to her ideas about love and life in general, or something in his personality should
intrigue her to get to know him better.
Social status is another
important aspect of attraction. This doesn’t mean that the hero must be a
powerful, wealthy character, but he should be able to command some sort of
respect from the people around him. It boils down to a natural authority the
hero should command, to be well… a hero! A similar thing applies to a heroine –
she should have aspects of her character that other people admire, because
think about it – if no one in the book likes and respects her, why would a
reader bother to spend time with her between the covers of a book?
In my next post I’ll continue to elaborate on this theme…