SPOILER WARNING: If you haven't yet seen the movie Something Borrowed, plan to, and don't want to know too much, don't read any further. Some of this may be in the previews, but...
On Mother's Day, I took my mom to see the movie Something Borrowed. We both love romantic comedies (go figure) so we thought it would be great.
And it was. I loved every moment of it. But I couldn't turn my romance writer head off during the movie.
You see, the hero and heroine of this film begin their romantic relationship as an affair. He was engaged to marry her best friend. Through the entire film, right up until the resolution at the end, he is still engaged to her best friend, and they are still carrying on their secret affair.
That's not how the rules of romance writing are supposed to work. Cheating is a no-no. Our heroes might have blights on their past, but are supposed to behave in a heroic manner once the current story begins--or at least once it is clear that he and the heroine are going to end up together. The same, generally, goes for our heroines, though often they are judged under a harsher light.
I was watching the film with all of this in my head--and yet completely captivated by how the filmmakers had made me root for the hero and heroine despite the circumstances.
If you've seen the film, did you feel the same way? Same question for if you've read the book. And have you ever read a romance in which either the hero or heroine was unfaithful, and yet you still found yourself rooting for them to get the guy/girl?
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