RECOVERING FROM ARRC 2011!
Okay, I am officially gobsmacked! This was my first real experience with the Australian Romance Readers Association, and their convention (ARRC2011), and I’m impressed. Trust me, impressing me is hard to do. It was so professionally run, with lots of goodies and prizes. The ARRC was held at the Swiss Grand Resort and Spa, opposite our iconic Bondi Beach, and the staff were a pleasure to deal with. And the view! The view was fantastic. The beach wasn’t too bad either, but there are some really good-looking people at Bondi, let me tell you!
The whole experience got me thinking – and just like impressing me, that can be hard to do. These conventions can be really difficult, especially for us shy folk. Meeting so many people was both exciting, and clear-the-room-I’m-going-to-throw-up-nerve-wracking, yet I knew I could go up to someone and say something insanely clever, like “What do you read?” and her (or his!) answer would be enough to start a riveting conversation (hence the rapid-fire discussion in the hotel room at 1:30am Sunday morning with women I met as they entered the door seemed like totally normal).
We all got to talk about what we looooooove to read – alpha heroes, beta heroes and any other Greek alphabet hero. We talked space opera, romantic suspense, veterans, ‘former’ Green Berets, vampires, Regency rakes and damsels in distress, but we didn’t really cover what we don’t like to read – and I know for some the response will be “I don’t know, but I’ll know it when I see it”.
What don’t you like to see in a romance? One convention-goer, Kat Mayo, said her deal-breaker is cheating between the protagonists. That’s a pretty good deal-breaker, in my book (no pun intended). Personally, I don’t like to see the hero treat any heroine with disrespect or contempt, by word or action – but that’s just me. Others subscribe to the ‘treat ‘em mean, keep ‘em keen’ philosophy. So, I’m interested:
What is your deal breaker in a book?