Thanks so much to Greta for inviting me to guest blog today. I’m thrilled to be here.
I have a close friend who is a public relations specialist for a local university. As an author, she’s the kind of friend you want – especially when she uses her talent for free on your behalf without your even asking for her help. My dear, sweet friend Lisa Catto contacted several local media outlets about the release of my book, and one of the angles she used to pitch my story was this idea of literature following in the footsteps of popular movie genres.
My debut romantic suspense, STOLEN FURY (which released last week) has been compared to both Romancing The Stone and Indiana Jones (which couldn’t thrill me more), and the reviews so far have been stellar. Publisher’s Weekly recently called it a “Rock solid debut,” and one reviewer compared the hero in my novel to a “Han Solo/Indiana Jones rogue.” As someone who has loved both those movie franchises, it makes me smile to hear my book being compared to them, and I don’t see it as a negative at all. In fact, I see it as only positive. People recognize Indiana Jones and Romancing the Stone and immediately know my book will have some sort of treasure hunt/adventure storyline, which is what I want them to think…because it’s true.
However, I think with anything, you do often wonder about too many comparisons. Does my book have enough adventure? Enough romance? Enough suspense? Am I giving the reader the same, but different? (Always what we writers are worrying about, it seems.) So I’m sure you can only imagine how excited I was at a recent review, this one by Stingletitles.com, where the reviewer said:
“In Ms. Naughton’s debut, she really brings you into the story, so that even though you know on one level there will be a positive ending, you forget about that and nibble on your nails and read as fast as you can, hoping that they will survive and over come the obstacles in front of them. All of the characters are very real as well. You really feel for them. They aren’t caricatures, so you may know people like them.
I find that a lot of the time these days, when a story involves archeology and adventure, people compare them to Indiana Jones and while I can see the possibility for that here, I really feel, that Stolen Fury is its own story.”
For me, that pretty much sums up how I feel about this book. From a writer’s perspective, I want to give the reader something they know they’ll already enjoy – adventure, suspense, romance – along with something unique that they may not have gotten somewhere else. While you could say STOLEN FURY is written in the same vein as Indiana Jones and Romancing the Stone, it is definitely its own story. And I’m happy to know readers and reviewers are realizing that.
Recently I was interviewed for an article and was asked why I thought romantic adventure as a subgenre is so small compared to other romantic subgenres, especially with the popularity of movies such as National Treasure, Indiana Jones and Romancing the Stone (which, by the way, I hear is being remade as I type.) Personally, I think it’s because romantic adventure has always been shelved with romantic suspense and, therefore, the subgenre itself isn’t well-known. Romantic suspense encompasses such a vast range of styles from dark, gritty serial killer books to lighter adventure romances like STOLEN FURY, it’s hard to differentiate within the subgenre itself. I think (hope) though with the resurgence in the next generation of the Indiana Jones storyline, the remaking of Romancing the Stone and the excitement over other treasure hunt movies like National Treasure, Fools Gold & The Mummy (even though it’s paranormal) we’ll see an upswing in the lighter-style romantic adventures of old.
How about you…do you read adventure novels? Do you enjoy watching adventure movies? What would you like to see more of in romantic fiction?
And before I forget…In honor of STOLEN FURY‘s release, I’m running a FUN, interactive contest on my website:
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