Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Romantic Tension

Just some thoughts about 24 different Types of Romances Possible Tension

1. Love at First Sight (Cinderella)
Disney-type insta-love. The couple falls fast.
Tension: something/someone comes between them rather than conflict from the relationship.

2. Oops! (Chuck and Agent Walker)
Career-minded character doesn’t intend on falling in love, but it happens and could end career/dreams.
Tension: Difference of power; reasons why each person is with or not with the other

3. Forbidden Love (Romeo and Juliet, most paranormal romances)
Should not be together and know it, but they are drawn together anyway.
 Tension: class differences, family decisions, rules to break/change

4. Love/Hate (Han Solo and Princess Leia)
Start off with intense dislike. Chemistry might draw them together.
Tension: enemies, difference of opinion, actual fighting

5. Childhood Friends (Anne of Green Gables and Gilbert)
Sweet memories and relationship. May involve a childhood promise.
Tension: know too much about each other, feelings not taken seriously, family, personal history issues

6.  Best Friends or Friends First (Dawson’s Creek, Monica and Chandler)
They know everything about each other including past relationships. When they realize they have a romantic interest they try to keep it secret.
 Tension:  lots of history and not all good, known other romances for each other, grew up and apart, extended friends might not accept

7. Rivals (Mr. & Mrs. Smith)
They are competing for a prize. One will lose and one will win.
Tension: like love/hate but in a fun way, highly competitive, team pressure, life and death possibility, conflicted about win and lose possibilities

8. Love Triangle (Twilight)
These are best when it could really go either way.
Tension: best when it really could go either way leaving the reader conflicted, jealousy, time together

9. “Sorry, I’m Taken” (Titanic)
One or both are already involved in a romantic relationship.
Tension: existing relationships, guilt, sneaking around, sadness, tragedy, high highs and low lows

10. In Disguise (That Girl, Shrek)
A girl pretends to be a boy. Or a character’s true identity is hidden.
Tension: trust issues, keeping it a secret, loved for who they aren’t creating doubt, rebuilding the relationship after the reveal

11. Different Worlds (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)
They don’t understand each other because of different customs or cultures.
Tension: Culture clash in all social spheres

12. Second Time Around (The Parent Trap)
Have been together before and meet again—sparks fly!
Tension: discovering why you loved, overcoming what pulled you apart, letting go of hurt, fixing yourself, recognizing your part in separation

13. Tragic Past (A Walk to Remember)
They fall in love, but one of them has suffered a tragic loss and can’t get over it.
Tension: hello—TRAGIC! make it bad!, depression, self-sabotage, struck down humble moment

14. Long Distance Relationship (Sleepless in Seattle)
They start the story already in love, then they’re separated (war, college…) and the use letters, texts
Tension: keeping in touch, loneliness, someone else is close/available/interested, intimacy

15.  Unobtainable/1-Sided Love (Peter Parker and Mary Jane)
They are secretly in love with someone out of their league.
Tension: watching love develop with your crush and someone else step by agonizing step, awkward situations, hurt, inferiority, finding strength and love for self (not necessarily romantic connection), accepting

16. Lovers in Denial (Meg and Hercules)
A little like Love/Hate but it is playful not hurtful. Everyone around them knows they’re in love.
Tension: obviously intimate conversations but deny fulfillment of the STEPS OF INTIMACY (see blog post http://www.iwritenetwork.com/2015/06/earning-that-kiss.html to learn about these)

17. Passionate Lovers (Pretty Woman)
Physical attraction leads the romance, love comes after lust.
Tension: Lust before Love, embarrassment or at least awkward, meaningless, very annoying, work at redefining the relationship

18. Sweethearts Forever (Sweet Home Alabama
they’ve always been in love, easy romance, they are made for each other
Tension: Outside tension, personal goals, money, work, neighbors, family...

19. Opposites Attract (Grease—Sandra Dee and Danny Zuko)
Introvert-extrovert attraction
Tension: City and career minded v. family and country minded, finding common ground, redefining the opposite point of view for themselves

20. Similarities Attract (Indiana Jones and Marion Ravenwood)
They have similar personalities, goals, expectations…
Tension: might be competitive, inherent loss, sympathy and empathy conflict, hate/scared of something in the other that they see in themselves

21. Partners in Crime (Bonnie and Clyde)
Bad guys who work together to malicious things but are a devoted, loving couple.
Tension: The crime, the run, and consequences

22. Arranged Marriage/Date (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Hitch)
Set up. Forced to spend time together because of who set them up.
Tension: not being in love, strangers, don't like or understand qualities of other person at first, misunderstandings

23. First Love (Pretty in Pink)
Typical YA trope, over the top scenes okay here
Tension: Leaning curve to love, friends, what else is out there, fear, rejection, misunderstanding

24. Long-term Lovers (50 First Dates)
Already been together for a while. Staying in love is the focus.
Tension: change in self, change of the relationship, health, satisfaction, know how to be together


Donna K. Weaver said...

I loved this in the retreat. Thanks for sharing it with everyone.

Laura D. Bastian said...

Ditto what Donna said. Such a good writing tip.