Just wanted to read a love story.
I found a series, The Apocolypse, by Melody Anne that fit that bill perfectly…
It’s funny, because the books weren’t good. They were written poorly. The story was developed for crap- so many things that could have been great, that were set up to be great, that just fell off the face of the plot chain… but I didn’t care because of the love story.
Yes, I was a Twilight fan, though I say many of the same things about those books as well. They weren’t written very well when talking language and structure, and I struggle reading anything first person, but the love story, that apparently girls, even us who don’t come across girlie, have that Cinderella fantasy stuck inside our psyche that needs some outlet to fantasize through. These books are those guilty pleasures, despite their lacking of literary genius.
I’d gone years, only reading things that would benefit me in some way i.e. self-help style books, non-fiction, lots of science I barely could wrap any sense around, etc. I gave up my love of science-fiction and epic fantasy for the more adult stylings of reality that were supposed to train me to be a successful, well-adjusted self-made person…
A bought of depression brought me back to the world of fiction. I missed loosing days to the pages of other worlds; others’ problems, and days of events that pushed characters to building points, forcing them to be better, or fade away to the temperament of the author.
My re-motivation for writing Dragon Soul came from reading The Apocalypse Series. Searching for such a simple aspect to read -anything that had to do with love that could draw out those butterflies in my system- I realized I had already started writing my own. So, I went back to creating my own world, rather than look for someone else’s.
Even Stephanie Myer says so in the acknowledgments of The Host:
To my mother, Candy, Who taught me that love is the best part of any story
Hate my taste in books, but The Host is one of my favorites, because of the love story. So is Dune (nothing to do with the love story). And the series In Her Name, by Michael Hicks (a lot to do with the love story) which is what I go back to now (books 4-6) when I need to read something I know I can float into, and be gone for awhile.
Writing Dragon Soul, which continues to grow, as much in pages as in scope, this is really what I hope for it. I hope the love story captures those of us who are prone to these types fantasies, and maybe some others who only sometimes find they care about characters from far away dimensions.