At the writers’ meeting yesterday we were discussing Mature Romance and what is it and what it is not. It is not is erotica, porn nor teen romance.
First and foremost, it’s not reading about teenagers for the umpteenth time. If there are teens in the story they don’t control the story. They are a part of a family but the parent controls the household; not the-amazingly-smarter-than-everyone-else child who has pure doofuses for parents.
Like for example, Bea Wyett bears the essence of an Immortal and knows more than the average child her age. She’s considered a form of star child, but her mother still controls where they go and what Bea is allowed to do and take total responsibility for what’s happens to them. Ana isn’t asking Bea to rescue them. Bea is her helper not leader or savior.
There are usually no bodice ripping or buffed duke or lord who isn’t acting like a jerk. In mature romance if you rip the woman’s blouse. You’re paying for it especially if it’s her favorite one she found on sale at Saks. Some are set in other time periods but they are written as how a real couple may react to each other.
It isn’t porn or erotica. It contains love scenes but not strictly sex scenes. These couples are trying to have a relationship not merely score and move on to the next person.
Mature Romance scenes deal with real life. Things a real couple, or person might encounter. A mature romance contains more mature themes and can have scenes dealing with violence, drug abuse, homeless, hunger, joblessness, worrying about bills, sexual assault, self- harm, depression, and other real life situations. It’s not all about abusing or killing women.
This genre was found because an adult don’t want to read about 14 year old’s having their first kiss. Grown married or unmarried men and woman want to read about mature relationships between the mature characters. They want to read about that passionate kiss, not the sweet but awkward first kiss. They have been there. Done that. They want to read about relationships that are relatable to their life now not when they were a teenager. They want to see how a character of their own age can work out their problems. Will they be able to find a way or will the problems destroy their love?
Many readers finds that as an adult in the prime of his or her life and self-discovery YA isn’t the right genre to read at this stage of his or her life!
I could relate to what the others were saying for I have had to explain numerous times that the Unholy Pursuit series is about an mortal woman and an immortal man who fell in love long before the creation of this world and universe and how they met is that the woman is a Time Walker, not a Time Traveler. There’s a difference between the two. I couldn’t whittle down a celestial being older than the earth to be concerned and care about thing a human adolescent would find important. I tried it at first but it made the main protagonist seemed a little naivete to be so ancient. I left those scripts alone and started over. I saw no way of doing it unless I was going to turn it into the days when Azazael was a cherub in heaven and that would have killed the series.
I read a story similar to this attempt but the character was Apollo. Well, let’s just say; it wasn’t very convincing that Apollo would behave like a mortal teen.
I don’t try to turn the mature romance into a YA. It found it doesn’t work. I have written several YA like the “Fairy Tree Troll” and “The Tree” they are both about children and YA.