Shannon Stacey

The postponed inanity

Anybody else notice this press release? (bolding mine):

At Berkley, Editorial Director Susan Allison signed up three more Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels from Laurell K. Hamilton—the #1 bestselling author credited with starting the genre of paranormal fiction. North American hard/soft rights were brokered by Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House in a major 7-figure deal. The first of the three books-the sixteenth hardcover in the popular series, following the latest installment Blood Noir-will be published in 2009.

Really? Credited by whom? Probably not the writers of paranormal fiction who came before her.

Whatever. Anyway…

I have this novella which will be done as soon as I write this one little 900-word scene I’d skipped over. The rest of it’s final and ready to go.

But there’s no IloveyouIloveyoutoo scene. :eyebrow:

They’re obviously going to live happily ever after, and they make a commitment to one another, but the L-word—totally absent. I thought about adding it, but it just wouldn’t work. It’s a short time span (although it’s probably hard to go from “Hi, my name is…” to “I love you madly” faster than Kiss Me Deadly) and Erik and Emma wouldn’t go there yet. (OMG, they both start with E! Too late now.)

And I’m not big on Happily For Now, or Future HEA—probably one reason urban fantasy and chick lit make up such a very, very small percentage of my reading. Those Christmas wedding epilogues that are so syrupy sweet your molars ache just reading them? I :heart: those. So not even having an IloveyouIloveyoutoo is odd for me.

Hopefully the editor won’t miss it. :tomato:

4 comments to “The postponed inanity”

  1. Annmarie
      · May 30th, 2008 at 12:07 pm · Link

    To the press release, I give it a :wtf: However, in the world of LKH, nothing surprises me.

    To the lack of an ILOVEYOUILOVEYOUTOO scene…I read a lot of genres and am not undone by a lack of ILOVEYOUILOVEYOUTOO. I curl up and smile at those syrupy sweet epilogues. LOVE the ones with a BABY more than the ones with a wedding.

  2. Kerry Allen
      · May 30th, 2008 at 2:02 pm · Link

    :write: Yeah, nobody ever told stories about things that go bump in the night before LKH. In fact, she is totally responsible for everything all the way back to all that Minotaur and Kraken and Cyclops junk I always thought came from old dead guys. Stoker and Shelley? Rice? All pen names of LKH. She herself is immortal, you see.

    And I think the two E’s are fine, both visually (Erik is pointy and Emma is round—not so much if it was Eric) and soundwise (Erik actually begins with a long A, not the eh of Emma), so the “spread your names out across the alphabet” rule can slide just this once.

    Personally, I have a tendency to give all male characters R names (the most manly consonant evah!), which is much harder to justify…

  3. Charlene
      · May 30th, 2008 at 3:20 pm · Link

    I saw that too, and raised my brows. I read plenty of paranormal fiction long before she published. I think she is generally credited with the rise of urban fantasy, though. Maybe somebody meant to say that?

    I’ve sometimes realized I’d finished a story without an “I love you” being said outright, and you know, some people just don’t do the words. You could put the words in the characters’ mouths, but then it feels forced. Probably best to leave it as it is. The commitment is undoubtedly obvious. :thumb:

  4. Mandy M Roth
      · May 30th, 2008 at 5:06 pm · Link

    :cheer: 900 words! :cheer: 900 words.

    Do not make my cheering go from this :cheer: to :whip:

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