I just picked up a book which is a "grown-up" sequel to a book series I read as a teenager. The premise of this book is that two sisters are not speaking because one sister slept with - and stole - her sister's fiance. The story is the process of the girls making up for this.
I flipped to the back and read the epilogue (because I do that) and discovered that the cheating sister ends up marrying the guy and the cheated-on sister is the maid of honor.
First of all, why are all stories about romance, marriage, and having babies. At the risk of sounding like the woman scorned that I am, there is more to life than this. There are other stories to tell.
Second, I don't care who is in the wrong, you don't date your sister's ex boyfriend. At least not for a long long long time and if they dated in middle school, didn't see each other for years, then you ask your sister's permission. You absolutely do not marry the former fiance of your sister that you slept with. The ending of this story should have been for the cheating sister to value her sister more than some guy and to leave that guy behind. !
On that note, I really want to come up with some stories that don't involve romance. Anyone have any ideas?
I've actually thought about this a lot, because, yeah, more non-romantic plots would be nice. I came up with a few ideas:
The obvious one is just some good, wholesome friendships, which do seem to be slightly neglected. Relationships between two people who can share anything and everything with each other. Or just any kind of friendships, even with the the younger ones. I have a couple adults who could definitely use some friends, though, too.
There's also the possibility of tutoring, which I've been able to work into one of my characters story. It's an interesting dynamic to play with, especially since there do seem to be a lot of students in the families.
We could do a bit of a bullying thing. I've got one or two younger characters who I could see being bullied (and maybe a few who could do the bullying as well). That would shake things up a little bit, so everything isn't always so neat and pretty and picture perfect.
For those with romance stories, if they have siblings or other relatives in town, it might be fun to play with that a little, see how the family members interact with and respond to the significant other. That isn't always the smoothest thing either.
There's always the typical competition/rival relationship which could be fun in any age group or in any setting. School. Work. Anywhere. Adds a little bit of flare and fun and drama.
I also have a little something going with riLeeC that I wouldn't mind expanding to other members as well. She's playing someone that the Leclercs are fostering, which opens up a whole new world to play in with interesting dynamics and possible directions. It's just a fun little thing and having multiple people play foster kids (or even adopted ones) makes it a little bit different. And it actually allows for familial roleplay between characters.
Just a few of my thoughts.