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Romance anyone?

koehlerrock
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Are there any good teenager romance stories that doesn't include aliens, supermodels, or superpowers? I mean something realistic?

Ernest Bywater

@koehlerrock

depends on how you define romance, doesn't it?

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madnige
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@koehlerrock

Wes Boyd's 'Bird' subseries of his 'New Spearfish Lake' tales, not on SOL but available on BtFH as well as his own site Spearfish Lake Tales. A few others cover teen or early 20's upwards.

docholladay
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Any story with different gender characters will always have a little romance in them. I am not saying same sex romance is wrong, just I have no experience to relate to that side. Romance will always be there even if its only implied. Its all in how its presented. Is it the main premise of the story or a part of the whole. Like life a story has many factors that make it whole.

Edited to add: I will never look down on any type of romance as long as its consensual and mutually entered into by each one involved. If any force of any kind is used. "Physical, mental or emotional" I consider that as a form of rape.

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Ernest Bywater

I've always thought of the romance tag as being like what they call bodice rippers or the stories by Mills and Boon. Some of my stories have a little romance in them, but not to those levels, not by a long shot.

ustourist

@koehlerrock

As a starter, try the 'Chaos' series by EzzyB. OK, he is rich, but there are a few well portrayed teenage romances there.
Also, Banner Year by Shrink42.
Both include having a real talent at something, but neither is too far off the reality scale most of the time.

JohnBobMead

@koehlerrock

Don Lockwood wrote a lot of romances, no aliens, supermodels, or superpowers, just nice kids falling in love.
http://storiesonline.net/a/Don_Lockwood

Crumbly Writer

@docholladay

Any story with different gender characters will always have a little romance in them. I am not saying same sex romance is wrong, just I have no experience to relate to that side. Romance will always be there even if its only implied. Its all in how its presented. Is it the main premise of the story or a part of the whole. Like life a story has many factors that make it whole.

When I start posting my gay romance story, "The Nature of the Game", to ASSTR, I'll send you a link so you can see how I approached it. But there's a world of difference between how men and women see romance, and subsequently, how gays and straights see it too.

Getting back to the original question, the book is about a romance between two unlikely high school kids, the football star heading for a professional career who refuses to admit he's gay, and the drama queen who makes no attempt to hide who he is, and then deals with the fallout between them as they try to meet somewhere in the middle. Not a superhero in the bunch, and each with their own flaws.

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docholladay
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@Crumbly Writer

I am straight, but keep an open mind. I accept that what is right for me sexually isn't always right for everyone else. Everyone has to make that choice for themselves and I HAVE NO RIGHT TO MAKE IT FOR THEM. Sorry for the all caps but that was to emphasize my way of looking at it.

The same rule holds for reading materials as well. It is why you will never see me cutting someones story apart when it does include those elements. If it has to much detail, I just quietly close the story and open something else.

The only objections I have is when someone tries to force their choice onto anyone else.

I used to get into arguments about the abortion issue. No one could get it when I said I had no right to make that choice for a girl/woman. It was her body not mine, so it was her decision. The only right I had was to try and make sure she had as much real information on her options as possible. I knew what I preferred, keeping the baby, but it was not my right to force that choice.

edited to add: Prolifer's claimed I was pro abortion. The ones for the abortion option claimed I was prolife. Couldn't please either side.

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Zom

@docholladay

Couldn't please either side.

Isn't that the definition of extremism?

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docholladay
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@Zom


Isn't that the definition of extremism?


Might be. But to me it looked like if you didn't agree totally with their ideas. You are automatically on the other side. Heck I never was a follower and always made my own mind up. So why would I bother to change just for those with closed minds.

edited to add: And always willing to admit my mistakes when I learn I am wrong.

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Zom

@docholladay

And always willing to admit my mistakes

Me too. What I meant was that the extremists were the either sides, not you my good sir. I should have been clearer.

Switch Blayde

@koehlerrock

Are there why good teenager romance stories that doesn't include aliens, supermodels, or superpowers? I mean something realistic?


My short story "Last Kiss."

Definitely a teenage romance story. The teenagers on wattpad loved it (it's also on SOL). Some said it reminded them of Romeo and Juliet. Serena said it made her cry (so did some of those on wattpad). Because of the feedback I got on wattpad I'm actually converting it to a novel.

It's a no-sex story, though. And a short story.

Fia1

dance of a Lifetime by Don Lockwood

http://storiesonline.net/s/40258/dance-of-a-lifetime

koehlerrock

Thanks everyone, but most of these I've already finished. I don't care if incest is included also, I can deal with that but the whole supernatural and unlikely circumstances is a turnoff. I used to like the Stupid Boy stories (no offense to G Younger, he's a fabulous author), but they got too complicated. I have already read a bunch of complicated stories before and they are just a drag, I hate having to go back to find who characters are.

Bondi Beach
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@koehlerrock


Thanks everyone, but most of these I've already finished. I don't care if incest is included also, I can deal with that but the whole supernatural and unlikely circumstances is a turnoff. I used to like the Stupid Boy stories (no offense to G Younger, he's a fabulous author), but they got too complicated. I have already read a bunch of complicated stories before and they are just a drag, I hate having to go back to find who characters are.


Thinking Horndog's Second Best is a teenage romance by almost any definition:

http://storiesonline.net/s/43768/second-best

Several teenage couples, parallel stories with some adult couples. A little overdone, but extremism in the pursuit of sex is no voice EDIT: I meant vice. There is a kind of tedious and overdone (to my mind) sub-plot on D/s slave thing which I found boring, but I skimmed over that.

A woman who can never quite reach orgasm because she faints just before the critical point? Well, some people might argue the realism factor, but it's all in fun.

Note: if you have a problem with Reubenesque women, skip this one.

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miksmit

Always loved her by General principles.

Crumbly Writer

@koehlerrock

Thanks everyone, but most of these I've already finished. I don't care if incest is included also, I can deal with that but the whole supernatural and unlikely circumstances is a turnoff. I used to like the Stupid Boy stories (no offense to G Younger, he's a fabulous author), but they got too complicated. I have already read a bunch of complicated stories before and they are just a drag, I hate having to go back to find who characters are.

Between your 'no aliens', 'no science fiction', and 'no incest' (though that's not as hard and fast) that rules out most of my stories. But as I said, I'm slowly branching out. I just wrote a gay romance (which few here will ever read) and I'm planning to write a fairly complicated 3-way romance (just plain human interactions rather than heavy sci-fi). Although I've got a weakness for pseudo-incest stories (where people aren't who they thought they were). I've just written another one, which I'm close to publishing.

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koehlerrock
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@Crumbly Writer

Incest is fine, just sci-fi and stuff annoys me.

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Crumbly Writer

@koehlerrock

Incest is fine, just sci-fi and stuff annoys me.

Again, in that case forget ALL my current stories, but in about six months, check out "Ex-Girlfriend". It's not a traditional romance, but a romance amidst a romantic tragedy, kind of a pleasure/pain, tragedy/humor type of thing.

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koehlerrock

@Crumbly Writer

I will, I actually am a big fan of yours, I'm just looking to spread my vicinity in reading.

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koehlerrock

@Ernest Bywater

Excellent question, sir. Romance to me is a slower story that is character driven with lots of everyday trials that they overcome together. Or the "together till the end mentality."

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Ernest Bywater
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@koehlerrock


Excellent question, sir. Romance to me is a slower story that is character driven with lots of everyday trials that they overcome together. Or the "together till the end mentality."


I thought that might be the case. Most of my stories are action / adventure orientated, and about the most romantic I get is in Interesting Times where the main character is in a coma and his best friend, the daughter of his father's best friend, stays with him in hospital. His mind wanders in and out of the coma, and while she's with him she talks about her daydreams of them being married when they get older and he accepts the situation, and then involves her with some important decisions about his life post hospital. Like most of my stories I see it as an action story, and there isn't much of the romantic wooing going on, more an acceptance of a 'forever after' attitude to the situation.

I've another similar type of situation in the story Star performance. About the most romantic I get is in Out of Reach, again with a lot more action than romance, but he does woo the lady involved.

edit to add: The one action story of mine with what I think has the romance is Rough Diamond but is ruled out as the main character is telekinetic and can remote view.

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docholladay

I see it as being a balancing act. Too much or too little will ruin a story. Romance can really help a story, but its just one of the elements involved. Its like an action story, all action without any kind of break will make for a dull story. Any genre needs a mixture to balance the story properly. That mixture is an art form I guess, but it is critical in the overall presentation.

koehlerrock

@Ernest Bywater

You have a hell of a lot of stories that I like, I will have to go back and see if I've read any of your new recommendations.

Crumbly Writer

@koehlerrock

I will, I actually am a big fan of yours, I'm just looking to spread my vicinity in reading.

That's good to know. Since you disqualified many of my stories with your original specifications, I wasn't sure you'd be interested, but my next story, "The Cuckoo's Progeny" (hopefully to be published sometime in the next month) features another pseudo incest plot line that ties all the characters' together. There are no superheros, but lot's of sci-fi 'talents', though all the aliens are saved for the second book in the series. ;)

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koehlerrock

@Crumbly Writer

Sounds good, I'll be looking for it!

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