Wedging Romance into Fantasy

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Legends of Windemere

Deadpool & Siryn (Marvel Comics) Deadpool & Siryn (Marvel Comics)

Having romance in a fantasy story seems to be a kiss of death for some people.  At least today since I remember most fantasy books I read in my youth had some type of romantic subplot.  Is there anything you can do to ease the inclusion?

  1. Accept that some people will be upset as soon as the subplot is hinted at.  There’s nothing you can do about this.  Just remember that it’s your story and you know what you’re doing.
  2. Don’t worry about the sex.  You can show it if you want, but people will jump to that conclusion on their own.  Whether it be assuming two characters slept together or requesting that they do, many readers seem to gravitate toward this taboo topic.  As the author, you decide how far things go in this arena.  Keep your audience in mind, but you have to…

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