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Romance/Love Newsletter by Dawn
Taking a look at friendship and the role the friend character may have within a romance story.
A friend can be an important character in life and within romance stories. They can be an instigator, a promoter, a problem or even the love interest. There are many shows that focus around single friends or even a group of friends and it's someone that many readers can find connection with their own lives to when reading. There are a few different options for what role the friend can take when it comes to the fiction story. Let's look at three of them.
This is that friend that provides the setup or match. They might be obvious about it, setting the main character up on a blind date or saying they know the perfect person for them. Or they might not even know that they had an influence. They could be the force bringing "opposites together" for a different purpose that somehow turns into a romantic connection. The love interest could be someone they know and happen to introduce but maybe they hadn't thought that there would be a connection in that way. The sibling or a friend or the friend of a sibling is one such option where they are the reason for the introductions at some point but may not have intended for the match to occur. The level of influence can vary but in the end, whether it was an off the cuff remark or an entire mission determined to create a couple, the friend had a say in the budding romance that develops in the story.
The Conflict Creator
This is sort of the opposite because in some ways, they don't want the romance to happen. The friend can have varying reasons or they can be an unknown to themselves conflict within a relationship. They could possibly be against the pairing or have some issue with the love interest for the main character. Or the love interest may just have an issue or jealousy when it comes to the friend character. For whatever the reason, the friend can be what causes problems within the story and tension for the couple trying to make their relationship work.
The Love Interest
Another, common, options is for the friend to also be the love interest. There is those signs with phrases that say you should marry your best friend but the friendship that develops between a couple can before or after the start of the relationship. There are a fair number of stories where the friend doesn't realize until a certain point in the story that they are actually in love with the main interest and/or vice versa. They may have been friends since childhood, for a long long time or even for a short while but something causes a shift in attention and make the potential for romance to occur. Whether the main character knows the potential or discovers it along the way, it all depends on how you write the story.
What role does the friend play in your story?
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Does your friend character help the MC or are they the love interest?
Last time for the Romance Newsletter, I discussed the order of events that certain thing happen between a couple. Here is a comment sent in response:
Comment by Osirantinous
Thanks for including A Romance Contest, Dawn. It's been a while since we last ran!! As for writing romance out of order, I'm not sure I've done that because I'm not sure my characters even have a life plan let alone a love plan! However, I'm going to try it out on a few because it sounds like it could be quite an exciting approach!
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