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Boy meets Girl.

Boy loses Girl.

Boy finds Girl again.

And they live happily-ever-after…

(Or, at least, happily-for-right-now.)

Most genre fiction has some kind of formula. That formula offers a comfort while reading and the characters are dangling over the metaphoric, or physical, cliff. Knowing the hero and heroine end up together keeps me from hunting down authors…yes, I’m looking at you Joely Sue Burkhart.

That formula is just the frame work of the romance house.

Authors finish their houses with SciFi, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Suspense, Time-Travel, Contemporary, Historical, Inspirational, and decorate it for any age group or heat level.

What’s not to love?

Aliens. Robots. Sword wielding warriors. Alternative worlds. Vampires. Zombies. Fae. Shifters. Crazy serial killers. Smart-ass modern woman. Military. Pirates. Mythology. Oh my…

There’s no end to the possibilities.

Do the Boy and Girl (or Boy and Boy, Girl and Girl, or some combination) fall in love? Almost always. And that’s a beautiful thing.

What are your thoughts on the predictability of story formulas?

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Kylie Griffin’s Everything You Know About Romance Novels Is Wrong posts: Part One and Part Two