Thursday, May 20, 2010
A Question of I Love You
Silly picture aside, I have a real post here:
This is something I brought up some time ago on the blog, but I think I didn’t have as many followers or lurkers out there so I thought I’d pose it again.
I’d like opinions on “I love you.”
If you’ve given it before, please consider doing it again for those that didn’t see it or for those of us who have CRS.
I’ll preface it to say years ago I read a historical romance by one of my favorite authors. This was by the only het author I still read regularly. Anyway, at the conclusion of the book, which was most definitely Happily-Ever-After, even though the heroine had declared her love with the words, “I love you” before the end, the hero got to the end of the book and never said it to her. Not once.
Now let me be clear, it was extremely obvious he loved her. So I don’t mean she could ever doubt it or the reader either. HOWEVER, I felt cheated. This was a wonderful book that I adored. I loved the couple and their romance, but when the end came and he never once said it, I was left feeling bereft.
So I wonder, am I alone in having to hear those three words from both my main characters?
When you, as a reader, come to the end of a story that does not have a Happy For Now ending, but rather a clear Happily-Ever-After ending, but one of the two heroes never tells the other, “I love you.” How do you feel? Is this okay? Are you satisfied because you know, maybe in the back of your head, he says it privately off the pages (lol)? Or do you have just a smidge of an unsatisfied feeling?
PS. There will be no Friday post this week to leave this up for responses, likewise, no excerpt day on Saturday, just a posting of the winner (lazy)