We’re six days into Blogmas, and if you haven’t noticed already, I’m obsessed with Christmas books at the moment! If I’m going to be honest, the majority of the Christmas novels I read are either cheesy romances or YA, so everything I say here could do with being taken with a pinch of salt.
If you’re a writer of a Christmas novel, in the words of the theme to A Series of Unfortunate Events:
‘Look away, look away…’
But down the rabbit-hole we go!
Why is everyone unhappy?
Seriously, just about every single book I read begins with the protagonist being miserable for some reason and the novel is a story about how they cheer themselves up ready for Christmas. Now, I’m not going to pretend I don’t love this – if I hated it then I wouldn’t be addicted to a good-old Christmas romance. But I would love to see a protagonist having a good Christmas to begin with and then the conflict begins in the middle of the plot – not right at the beginning.
And why are the majority of the protagonists female?
Christmas isn’t exclusive to women! There are plenty of romance novels with male protagonists, so please write more Christmas novels with them!
I would just like a little bit of something different to stop a lot of plots from merging together in my head because the characters are always so similar.
Why does nobody spend time with their family over Christmas?
In the majority of Christmas novels, the protagonist will usually have a crisis because they have either:
A) Split up with their S/O right before Christmas and have nowhere to go
B) Have nowhere to go over Christmas
Not many characters seem to have plans to spend Christmas with their family or have a family who invites them over for Christmas. Now, I understand that not everyone has the luxury of having a family to spend Christmas with, but Christmas novels make it seem like absolutely nobody spends Christmas with their families.
How do some of them manage so many clichés in one go?
Thanks to NetGalley and free Kindle books, I’ve read my fair share of bad Christmas Romances. Probably only about 1/10 of them has actually been good. My problem is that the characters are often walking clichés. They’re almost always dumped on Christmas Eve, meet a random guy in a bar and then go on a crazy adventure with them.
So this post ended up a lot more ranty than I originally thought it would be! Sorry!
Do you read Christmas Romances? Do you agree or disagree with what I’ve said?