Sunday, March 20, 2011

How about those kids?

Oops! I didn’t realize it was my blog day. With a promise to do an awesome blog next month (I’ve never done an awesome blog so that should be a challenge), I want to get a few opinions regarding having children in romance books, since there are many who seem to have strong opinions on the matter.

I’d love to hear from you. Do you think having children in romance books detracts or adds? Or are you neutral as long as it’s a good story? I don’t feel strongly one way or another but I know there are those who do so let’s hear it. Thanks, all!


Louisa Cornell said...

What is it W.C. Fields said? Never appear in anything with dogs or children!

Actually, I have read a number of romances where the presence of kids showed a great deal about the characters. Anyone who has read Lord of Scoundrels has to know that the final crack in Dain's armor happens when he has to deal with his illegitimate son all by himself.

My second book actually centers around a child to a certain extent. A very cheeky young girl who refuses to speak, but expresses herself with the help of a slate. I hope you learn something about every character through their interaction with her.

I think if children or a child are an integral part of the story it works. If they are just added for the cute factor then no, I can live without it.

Anne Gallagher said...

My current WiP has a child, a toddler who is part of the central storyline. I dont' think she detracts at all, she is kinda cute. But she does play a large role between the hero and heroine.

Callie James said...

I agree, Louisa... and it sounds like that cheeky young girl is a great addition to your second book. I also agree with your summary! Thanks for stopping by!

Callie James said...

Hi, Anne! I do love those books when a child plays a large role between the heroine and hero. Sounds like a great read!

M.V.Freeman said...

I actually don't mind kids if written right. So you could say I'm on the fence.

Hmm. What does that say about me? Ha!

Callie James said...

Sounds like me, Mary. Like any character, there should be a reason to add them to the story. Otherwise, nope.


Gwen Hernandez said...

I haven't had the courage to write a book with one. Just not sure how to work them in. I even struggle with pets because you have to remember to take care of them in the story.

That said, I don't mind them in a book if they are handled well and add conflict without being annoying. I've noticed many authors will give them lots of sleepovers, or a convenient reason to be gone a lot so they don't have to have them in every scene.

I guess I don't mind either way. I'm no help at all! ;-)

Callie James said...

I've noticed that too, Gwen. Good point!