Saturday, February 28, 2009

So Wrong...


Every now and then I like reading one of those thin, naughty, category romances. Partly, it's to analyze what works and doesn't work craft-wise... though that's sort of an excuse since I can't read anything without paying that sort of attention. This time I grabbed two... both paranormal... it seems like that's all of them these days. The fad will pass, I'm sure.

One had a fortune teller who could see futures. I actually liked that one fairly well. The fortune teller aspect wasn't spooky, just matter-of-fact, and it worked for me.

The other was a time-travel romance.

This is a sub-genre of paranormal that involves one party traveling forward or backward in time and meeting his or her true love. They can be fun. And this one was fun... but it was also so very wrong.

The whole time I was reading it my back-brain was hollering at me that any sane modern person, sent back in time, would conclude that she was insane. One way or the other. I kept thinking that a sane person would not even *try* to return home... she would assume that she was either a person from the future having a hallucination, or a person from the present she finds herself in, but with false memories. The sane thing to do would be to treat the here-and-now as real and make decisions assuming the here-and-now was real... and either way then, no harm done... If she wakes up back in 2009, super. And if she doesn't wake up back in the future, then at least she's been dealing with her present.

It was very distracting.

I've read other time-travel romances that weren't so distracting and I think it was because there was more of a reason for the person to travel. It can be a magical reason... just so long as it makes sense that it exists. One of the ones I've read has a goddess or witch or some such that looks through time and finds the two people and then brings one person through time. Another (which accounts for about all of them I've read) has someone in the past summon a hero and making a mistake over the name. This one had a book and a dress that had absolutely no relevance to the past that was explained and a necklace that was never mentioned again and... sigh... it was just so wrong.