Hi. This is my first time blogging for Harlequin Heartwarming and I'm thrilled to be here. I wanted to come up with something kind of fun for my first time, and decided we all like to talk about our favorite books, movies, and TV shows. To narrow down this broad category, I'm reminded of what I've heard in several writers workshops: There are only nine (or eleven sometimes) plots for romance books. What matters is what you do with them to make the plot your own.
Today I'm going to mention three tried and true plots and an example of each. I'd love it if readers would add their own examples. Here we go:
We all know this one. A poor, or sheltered or shy young lady is forced to adjust to a world far different from the one she's used to. When I was a little girl I saw Tammy and the Bachelor and I still find joy in Debbie Reynold's sweet innocence as she discovers her one true love.
Good Girl, Bad Boy Plot:
Love this one because most of us like to see a bit of bad boy in all the guys we love. I almost always think of The African Queen. Katharine Hepburn was the most proper of good girls, and Humphrey Bogart definitely had the rough edges of a bad boy.
Fish out of Water Plot:
This story about a hero or heroine who doesn't fit either in time or place is usually funny and heartwarming. Think My Big Fat Greek Wedding when the groom (and his traditional parents) had to fit in with the bride's outrageous, energetic, and loudly loving family.
Have you come up with a favorite Cinderella, good girl/bad boy, or fish out of water story, either a book, movie or TV show? I hope you'll comment here because I love to say, "Oh, yeah, great example!" And your suggestions give me ideas!
I'll be choosing a name at random from the comments, and the winner will get a signed backlist book, Blue Ridge Hideaway. So remember to check www.cynthiathomason.net on Saturday for the name of the winner!