Romantic Fantasy: The Best of Both Worlds

By Andrea R. Cooper, author of Son of DragonsViking Fire, and The Garnet Dagger

Son of DragonsWith estimated 14 million viewers, it is safe to say you could throw a handful of stones in a crowd and hit a Game of Thrones (GOT) fan. The HBO series GOT has dragons, sorcery, heroes, strong female characters, and villains that we cannot wait to get their comeuppance.

But GOT is missing one thing … Romance.

Yes, there are snippets of love and romance, but not enough.

What if instead, of a strictly high fantasy, this was a romantic fantasy or a fantasy romance? How would it be different?

This would bring more love, passion, and especially Happily-Ever-After or at least Happily-Ever-After-For-Now to the ending.

Red roseFor example, (*spoiler alert) there would be no red wedding (or at least not to the extent it is written). Rob Stark and Talisa would be together. True, they would have to overcome the issue of his promise to marry another, but he and Talisa would have a happy ending together.

Taking the fantasy classic The Lord of the Rings and adding in more romance, we would see the growing passion between Aragorn and Arwen. How they met, how they fell in love. Their first kiss.

Or how did Eowyn get over her infatuation with Aragorn and end up with Faramir?

DragonI love fantasy … and I love romance.

Both categories fantasy romance and romantic fantasy bring both of these worlds together. As the name suggests, fantasy romance the fantasy is predominate. In romantic fantasy, the romance takes precedence over the fantasy. However, some say these lines blur and can waver back and forth between fantasy and romance. And both fantasy-line and romance-line publishers may sell romantic fantasy or fantasy romance.

When I first started writing, I only wrote historical romance. However, I was addicted to reading fantasy and paranormal romance. I did enjoy reading historical romance as well.
When I wrote the first three books in the Legends of Oblivion series, it was the first time I allowed myself to write in the fantasy/ paranormal romance genre. It was liberating and I couldn’t stop (as you’ll read a bit later when I wrote Viking Fire and tried to go back to my historical romance only roots).

To me, fantasy romance and romantic fantasy encompass my two favorite genres. Now, after writing Legends of Oblivion series, I cannot write one without the other. If I strive to write strictly fantasy, romance slips in between the pages.

Once, when I wanted to write a historical romance, I told myself no fantasy and no magic in the story.

What happened?

Viking Fire was written and, unplanned, a little magic weaved its way into the story and even brought a few Druids with it.

In Son of Dragons, book 2, I purposely increased the falling-in-love scenes between both Landon and Mirhana. Yet, this is a fantasy world with dragons, and some new imaginary creatures.

Are there two genres you love that you wish would merge or have more stories published?