Most people leaving comments seem to prefer the male version, but a few do like the female version equating her to a strong heroine. But a large majority, really don't like or want a heart breaker in their romance novels. As for HEA...a definite must.
As a romance writer, I totally agree with the HEA ending. I mean, that's why I write romance. And for me, the heart breaker has to be redeemable for me to like him or her, otherwise they are simply jerks. Yet, I have this secret addiction to heartbreaking love stories.
Something about the pathos and the passion, the tortured emotions, the intensity, the characters not being able to resist each other totally hooks me. It's like watching a disaster, it's painful and heartbreaking, but you can't look away. You'll find me armed with a box of tissues and chocolates, bawling through stories of hopeless love.
But I'm not alone. Several of these heartbreaking love stories are considered classics: Anna Karenina, Othello, Rome and Juliet. My favorite happens to be Wuthering Heights (which by the way is FREE)
There we have double heart breakers. Catherine the heroine mistreats Heathcliffe by marrying practically...so she can raise Heathcliffe's station and make him good enough for her. He lets his love and his loss of Catherine warp him in tragic ways (for others and for himself). Both essentially end up living pretty miserable lives because they didn't end up with each other (hopefully death solves that).
Even though the story is kind of dour, and Heathcliffe comes across as a Alpha-jerk for a lot of scenes, I can't help feeling for him or re-reading Wuthering Heights from time to time. However, I'd been happier if Heathcliffe and Catherine had just eloped!
So what are your thoughts on heartbreaking stories? Do you have any favorites? Why?