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Would you be put off by a male narrator in a love story?

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  1. RebeccaMay

    RebeccaMay New Member

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    Romance Narrator, male?

    Discussion in 'Research' started by RebeccaMay, Dec 26, 2014.

    Backstory to the novel I am planning on writing –

    I am planning on writing a love story, so I guess it would be classified in the romance genre (correct me if I am wrong as I am a bit unsure). The kind of love story is more like a One Day story or The fault in our stars, so very much a love story, but thats not the be all and end all of the novel.

    I have always pictured the story with a male narrator. My issue is that I am slightly concerned that the romance genre convention states that the story is usually told from the point of view of a female. I have researched this and found out that women are indeed the main readers of the genre, and that a female narrator is often expected and preferred. Then again, is what I am going to write actually classified as a romance?, this is something that I am yet to confirm.

    Please answer my poll and help me out! Any comments welcome!

    Thanks
     
  2. GingerCoffee

    GingerCoffee Web Surfer Girl Contributor

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    I think it's a great idea.
     
  3. RebeccaMay

    RebeccaMay New Member

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    Thank you, may I ask why?

    Thanks again
     
  4. peachalulu

    peachalulu Contributing Member Reviewer Contributor

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    I think Endless Love was taken from a boys pov and it did really well. I enjoyed the read. I thought it was much better than the movie. I like Brooke Shields ( I even enjoyed her in some of her stinkers ) but that movie was a snore.

    I think girls would welcome a boys pov if it's believable. I seem to recall Ann. M. Martin ( she wrote the Babysitter's club ) got flooded for requests for a story from Logan's pov.
     
  5. BayView

    BayView Contributing Member Contributor

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    I think you should definitely figure out if you're writing a genre romance or a love story. A male narrator might be okay in both, but it would be a harder sell in genre romance, I'd say.
     
  6. GingerCoffee

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    Because it's new, fresh, unique. Not that it's never been done, but it's less common.

    As for harder to sell, I don't believe that. Women read more romance than men do, but I'm sure they can handle the male POV just as easily as a female POV as long as he's madly in love with a female. I do believe gay love has a different readership.
     
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    I'd say write it, and see what you end up with. I personally like the idea. Some of the romantic bits in my novel (which is not a Romance, as the love story is only part of the overall plot) are written from a male POV—and I've been told it works.

    Whether you can sell your story as a genre Romance remains to be seen. But if it's good enough, I can't see it being unsaleable. Just get it written.
     
  8. BayView

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    I agree, it wouldn't be unsellable as a genre romance. But I disagree that it wouldn't be a more challenging sale. Genre romance has a lot of rules and traditions, largely because most readers LIKE those rules and traditions. I've read romances from the male POV (beyond m/m romances!) but I'm not sure I've read any from Harlequin, for example. Any of the really trope-heavy publishers are going to be a challenge, I'd say. Not impossible, but you might be limiting yourself to some of the smaller publishers.
     
  9. lustrousonion

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    A common convention in the romance genre is alternate back and forth from the two main characters. However, it doesn't sound like you're planning on writing a romance but a novel with romantic elements. Or YA fiction.
     

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