Thursday, December 19th, 2013
“At core, men are afraid women will laugh at them, while at core, women are afraid men will kill them.”
–Gavin de Becker
From time to time, readers who’ve been throwing books get online to complain about a hero who hasn’t made amends satisfactorily. “I needed more grovel,” they might complain. The character has behaved so badly that their redemption arc must include a direct, concrete apology to the heroine to be worthy of a happily-ever-after. Are the acts of repentance sufficient? Does the hero seem sincere? Lists have been made of books with satisfying groveling scenes.
‘Tis the season for multiple opportunities to see Love, Actually: a great or terrible Christmas romance. One factor in the wide-ranging attitudes toward the film may be whether you buy the grovels in the several story lines. (more…)