Happily Ever After ~Versus~ Happy for Now.
A few years ago, Happy for Now (HFN) was a trend. Now I see it more as a preference that an author makes as he or she writes a book.
What do you consider is a true ‘Happily Ever After’ (HEA)? Is it a ring on the heroine’s finger? Does it have to include an epilogue that explains what the couple is up to a couple of years down the road?
Most importantly – do you absolutely need an HEA in order to enjoy a story? Is that what makes a romance novel romantic for you?
Here’s my personal opinion. (which you didn’t ask for, but I’m going to give it to you anyway – because I’m at the keyboard)
As long as I can feel chemistry between the characters and connect with them in some way, I can enjoy a book. I think it might be because I love all genres of fiction equally, but romance is probably my favorite. I’m used to severe angst, unhappy endings, horrific situations, and a lot of other things that Sci-fi, Classics, and other stuff can bring.
So I’m okay with ‘Happy for Now’, or even “Not-So-Happy” if I enjoy the writer’s vision and intent, because it means I’ve gotten enjoyment from the story. And if there’s romance woven in, then I classify it as a romance novel. I know there are some of you out there that disagree, and that’s why we’ve chosen this topic to discuss this week.